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National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2009 to 2010

This release reports on pupil absence in primary, secondary and special schools in the 2009 to 2010 academic year.

Documents

Main text: SFR03/2011

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National tables: SFR03/2011

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Local tables: SFR03/2011

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Additional tables 1: SFR03/2011

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Additional tables 2: SFR03/2011

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Underlying data: SFR03/2011

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Pre-release access list: SFR03/2011

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Details

Reference id: SFR03/2011

Publication type: statistical first release

Publication data: underlying statistical data

Local authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release date: 29 March 2011

Coverage status: final

Publication status: published

It updates and supplements information published in the October release - ‘Pupil absence in schools in England, autumn term 2009 and spring term 2010’. It is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.

The release provides information on:

  • the levels of absence (authorised, unauthorised and overall) by type of school
  • absence rates by pupil characteristics (such as gender, free school meal eligibility, ethnic group and special educational needs)
  • the percentage of pupils by number of days absence
  • persistent absentees (the percentage of absence these pupils account for; their characteristics; the number of schools where the percentage of persistent absentees falls within certain ranges; and information on the reasons for absence)

The key points from the latest release are:

  • the authorised absence rate has decreased, going from 5.21% to 5.00%
  • the unauthorised absence rate has decreased, going from 1.05% to 1.04%
  • the overall absence rate has decreased, going from 6.27% to 6.04%
  • the persistent absence rate has decreased, going from 3.3% to 2.9%

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
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schools.statistics@education.gov.uk