National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2017 to 2018

This release reports on pupil absence in primary, secondary and special schools in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

Documents

Main text

National and local authority tables

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Map: Overall absence rates

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Underlying data

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Details

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
  • absence by term

The information is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.

It updates and supplements information published in the October 2018 release Pupil absence in schools in England, autumn 2017 and spring 2018

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

School absence and exclusions team

Published 21 March 2019