National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2013

Levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence by school type, with indicative statistics on persistent absentees.


Main text: SFR12/2014

National tables: SFR12/2014

Local authority tables: SFR12/2014

Pupil referral units table: SFR12/2014


This is the reissued version of the Pupil Absence in Schools in England: Autumn Term 2013 release. This reissue follows the withdrawal of the original version on 22 May 2014 due to an error relating to a number of schools being incorrectly excluded from the dataset.

There has been no significant revision to headline absence rates or the main trends in the original release:

  • overall absence rate in autumn 2013: unrevised at 4.3%

  • persistent absence rate in autumn 2013: revised up by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7% (from 4.6%)

However, as noted when the release was withdrawn, the number of pupil enrolments who are, or may become persistent absentees has been revised up from 278,305 to 293,435. Although revised upwards, this is still significantly lower than the equivalent figure for 2012 (396,450).

Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 30 May 2014 + show all updates
  1. Reissued version following the withdrawal of the original version on 22 May 2014 due to an error.
  2. First published.