National statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014

This release reports on pupil absence in primary, secondary and special schools in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

Applies to England



This release provides information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in:

  • state-funded primary schools
  • state-funded secondary schools
  • state-funded special schools

It includes information on:

  • reasons for absence
  • persistent absentees
  • pupil characteristics

Absence information for pupil referral units is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.

It updates and supplements information published in the October 2014 release - ‘Pupil absence in schools in England, autumn term 2013 and spring term 2014’.

A guide on how we produce pupil absence statistics is also available.

Contact details

School census statistics team


Telephone: Mark Pearson 0370 000 2288

Published 26 March 2015
Last updated 19 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added link to revised absence statistics guide; removed superseded version from this page.

  2. Added Excel versions of spreadsheets.

  3. First published.