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National Statistics

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2010 to 2011

This release reports on pupil absence in primary, secondary and special schools in the 2010 to 2011 academic year.

Documents

Main text: SFR04/2012

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National tables: SFR04/2012

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Local authority tables: SFR04/2012

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Additional tables 1: SFR04/2012

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Additional tables 2: SFR04/2012

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Underlying data: SFR04/2012

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Pre-release access list: SFR04/2012

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Details

Reference Id: SFR04/2012

Publication type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Local authority data

Region: England

Release date: 28 March 2012

Coverage status: Final

Publication status: Published

This statistical first release (SFR) reports on absence in primary, secondary and special schools, as well as city technology colleges and academies, during information published in the October release ‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England, Autumn Term 2010 and Spring Term 2011’.

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.
  • summary statistics on persistent absentees (ie, 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 overall absence rate decreased, from 6.0% in the year 2009 to 2010 to 5.8% in the year 2010 to 2011, continuing the recent downward trend.
  • The authorised absence rate decreased, from 5.0% to 4.7%, continuing the recent downward trend.
  • There was a small increase in the unauthorised absence rate, from 1.0% to 1.1%, but this rate has changed little over the last 5 years.
  • The percentage of pupil enrolments classed as persistent absentees decreased, from 6.8% in the year 2009 to 2010 to 6.1% in the year 2010 to 2011, continuing the recent downward trend.

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