National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2018

This is the first of three planned absence publications relating to the 2018 to 2019 academic year, and relates to the autumn term only.


Main text

National tables

National tables

This file is in an OpenDocument format

Underlying data


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 absence
  • absence information for pupil referral units

The release uses pupil-level absence data that we collect in the school census.

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

School census statistics team

Published 30 May 2019