National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017

National Statistics

This release reports on pupil absence in primary and secondary schools in the autumn and spring terms of the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

Documents

Main text: SFR55/2017

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National tables: SFR55/2017

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Underlying data: SFR55/2017

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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
  • 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.

School absence and exclusions team