Collection

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

Autumn-term release

Combined autumn- and spring-term release

Full-year release

Spring-term release

This release has been discontinued following user feedback.

Published 15 October 2013
Last updated 21 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2020 and spring 2021'.

  2. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2020' to the 'Autumn-term release' section.

  3. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2019'.

  4. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2018 to 2019' to the collection.

  5. Added Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2018 and spring 2018.

  6. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2018'.

  7. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2017 to 2018'.

  8. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2017 and spring term 2018'

  9. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2017'.

  10. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2016 to 2017' statistical release.

  11. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017'.

  12. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2016'.

  13. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2015 to 2016'.

  14. Added: 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2015 and spring 2016'.

  15. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2015'.

  16. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2014 to 2015' to 'Full-year release' section.

  17. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2014 and spring 2015'.

  18. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2014'.

  19. Added 'Absence statistics guide'.

  20. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014' to the collection.

  21. Added 'Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2013 and spring 2014' to the collection.

  22. Added statistics for 'Pupil absence in schools in England: 2012 to 2013'.

  23. First published.