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National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2011 and spring 2012

This release reports on pupil absence in primary and secondary schools in the autumn and spring terms of the 2011 to 2012 academic year.

Documents

Main text: SFR22/2012

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Main tables: SFR22/2012

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Additional tables: SFR22/2012

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Underlying data: SFR22/2012

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Pre-release access list: SFR22/2012

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Details

Reference Id: SFR22/2012

Publication type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Local authority data

Local authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release date: 17 October 2012

Coverage status: Final

Publication status: Published

This release is based on pupil-level absence data collected via the school census for the 2 terms combined. The release provides information on the levels of absence (authorised, unauthorised and overall) by type of school, absence by reason and summary statistics on persistent absentees.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • Across the 2 terms 3.4% of pupil enrolments were persistent absentees in state-funded primary schools and 6.8% of pupil enrolments in state-funded secondary schools.
  • Across state-funded primary and secondary schools, persistent absentees accounted for 24.7% of overall absence.
  • The overall absence rate in state-funded primary schools decreased, from 5.1% to 4.4%.
  • The overall absence rate in state-funded secondary schools decreased, from 6.5% to 5.7%.

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
01325 735478

schools.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk