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Statistics: pupil absence

Statistics on overall authorised and unauthorised pupil absences by school type, including persistent absentees and pupil characteristics.

Statistics from May 2010 onwards are available on GOV.UK. You can find our archived statistics on the National Archives. Note: the search function is not available on archived content so please use the filters on the left of each page.

The ‘Pupil absence in England: spring term’ statistical first release, previously published in August, has been discontinued. User feedback identified this as the least useful of the 4 pupil absence releases each year: it is followed in October by a far more comprehensive release of combined autumn/spring absence data. The 3 remaining releases are unaffected - specifically, the autumn term release, the combined autumn/spring term release and the full year release.

Statistics guidance

  1. Pupil absence statistics: guide

Autumn-term release

Combined autumn- and spring-term release

  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2017 and spring 2018
  2. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017
  3. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2015 and spring 2016
  4. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2014 and spring 2015
  5. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2013 and spring 2014
  6. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2012 and spring 2013
  7. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2011 and spring 2012
  8. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2010 and spring 2011
  9. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2009 and spring 2010

Full-year release

  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2016 to 2017
  2. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2015 to 2016
  3. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2014 to 2015
  4. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014
  5. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2012 to 2013
  6. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2011 to 2012
  7. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2010 to 2011
  8. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2009 to 2010

Spring-term release

This release has been discontinued following user feedback.

  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: spring term 2012
  2. Pupil absence in schools in England: spring term 2011
  3. Pupil absence in schools in England: spring term 2010
Published 15 October 2013
Last updated 18 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2017 and spring term 2018'
  2. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2017'.
  3. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2016 to 2017' statistical release.
  4. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017'.
  5. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2016'.
  6. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2015 to 2016'.
  7. Added: 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2015 and spring 2016'.
  8. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2015'.
  9. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2014 to 2015' to 'Full-year release' section.
  10. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2014 and spring 2015'.
  11. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2014'.
  12. Added 'Absence statistics guide'.
  13. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014' to the collection.
  14. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2013 and spring 2014' to the collection.
  15. Added statistics for 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2012 to 2013'.
  16. First published.