Pupil absence statistics: guide

How we produce statistics on pupil absence.


A guide to absence statistics

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This guide on DfE’s published absence statistics sets out:

  • when we publish pupil absence statistics
  • how we calculate findings
  • how we collect and process data
Published 19 May 2015
Last updated 19 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated document to account for special school absence now being collected each term.
  2. Updated document to include a section on the uses and users of absence statistics.
  3. Updated guide with 2015 to 2016 full-year absence data, information on consistency checks, and an annex on historical absence.
  4. Document updated to reflect a persistent absence measure that applies from September 2015.
  5. Updated document to include information on a new pupil absence measure.
  6. Updated document to reflect changes set out in autumn term 2014 and spring term 2015 figures.
  7. First published.