This release provides information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in:
- state-funded primary schools
- state-funded secondary schools
- special schools
- pupil referral units (these provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
It includes information on:
- reasons for absence
- persistent absence
- pupil characteristics
The release uses pupil-level absence data that we collect in the school census.
It updates and supplements information in ‘Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2016’, which we published in May 2017.