Home Office data for 2004, the latest year for which figures are available, show 8,140 prosecutions in England and Wales under the Education Act 1996. These include:
3,393 prosecutions for truancy under section 444(1);
1,091 prosecutions for truancy under section 444(1A) (the aggravated offence);
3,654 prosecutions for various offences under the Education Act. These are likely to include some prosecutions under sections 444(1) and (1A); and
two prosecutions for child employment offences.
Prosecutions related to section 7 for truancy are brought under section 444 of the Act. Information is not collected on the characteristics of pupils or their families.