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Unauthorised Absence

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what levels of truancy were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority; and if he will make a statement. (93549)

The Department does not hold data on pupils recorded as truant. However, the figures for the proportion of half days missed due to unauthorised absence (of which truancy forms a part) in maintained mainstream primary schools and maintained mainstream secondary schools in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority are given in the following tables.

Percentage of half days missed in maintained mainstream primary schools1 due to unauthorised absence2

Local authority

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-063

Barking and Dagenham

1.2

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.52

1.37

1.34

1.27

1.22

Barnet

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.64

0.56

0.65

0.74

0.54

Barnsley

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.77

0.75

0.53

0.63

0.78

Bath and North East Somerset

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.33

0.32

0.32

0.28

0.34

Bedfordshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.21

0.21

0.17

0.22

0.25

Bexley

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.36

0.35

0.33

0.44

0.54

Birmingham

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.7

0.67

0.65

0.64

0.64

0.74

Blackburn with Darwen

0.7

0.7

0.5

0.5

0.46

0.45

0.50

0.40

0.46

Blackpool

0.8

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.86

0.68

0.71

0.73

0.61

Bolton

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.37

0.33

0.33

0.37

0.51

Bournemouth

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.3

0.24

0.20

0.21

0.27

0.25

Bracknell Forest

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.22

0.15

0.16

0.17

0.23

Bradford

1.1

1.1

0.9

0.9

0.76

0.69

0.70

0.82

0.95

Brent

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.49

0.41

0.55

0.54

0.59

Brighton and Hove

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.54

0.55

0.51

0.59

0.48

Bristol, City of

1.0

1.0

0.9

1.0

0.92

0.93

0.89

0.90

0.91

Bromley

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.40

0.43

0.60

0.53

0.68

Buckinghamshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.25

0.27

0.24

0.28

0.27

Bury

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.42

0.28

0.25

0.21

0.22

Calderdale

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.25

0.31

0.30

0.38

0.30

Cambridgeshire

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.33

0.34

0.39

0.39

0.46

Camden

1.1

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.10

0.77

0.56

0.57

0.60

Cheshire

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.34

0.38

0.39

0.40

0.39

Cornwall

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.36

0.30

0.32

0.39

0.39

Coventry

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.3

0.29

0.22

0.31

0.26

0.28

Croydon

0.6

0.7

0.5

0.7

0.55

0.69

0.73

0.63

0.67

Cumbria

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.20

0.21

0.17

0.16

0.15

Darlington

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.29

0.18

0.33

0.33

0.39

Derby City

0.8

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.76

0.61

0.60

0.67

0.75

Derbyshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.43

0.41

0.36

0.38

0.36

Devon

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.26

0.25

0.26

0.24

0.24

Doncaster

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.50

0.40

0.31

0.32

0.43

Dorset

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.31

0.25

0.25

0.24

0.29

Dudley

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.32

0.37

0.28

0.34

0.39

Durham

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.14

0.10

0.12

0.15

0.15

Ealing

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.3

0.25

0.22

0.27

0.26

0.33

East Riding of Yorkshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.19

0.19

0.13

0.12

0.12

East Sussex

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.37

0.41

0.53

0.77

0.71

Enfield

0.9

1.0

1.1

1.2

1.11

1.11

0.81

0.75

0.71

Essex

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.35

0.37

0.37

0.33

0.38

Gateshead

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.35

0.26

0.27

0.23

0.22

Gloucestershire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.24

0.24

0.23

0.26

0.24

Greenwich

1.7

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.38

1.45

1.24

1.16

1.33

Hackney

1.3

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.36

1.36

1.16

1.04

1.13

Halton

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.57

0.46

0.44

0.47

0.53

Hammersmith and Fulham

1.3

1.4

1.2

0.9

0.61

0.76

0.70

0.62

0.80

Hampshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.36

0.33

0.30

0.29

0.29

Haringey

1.4

1.4

2.0

1.7

1.62

1.39

1.13

1.21

1.09

Harrow

0.5

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.32

0.21

0.17

0.14

0.17

Hartlepool

0.5

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.76

0.80

0.60

0.51

0.51

Havering

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.21

0.24

0.22

0.27

0.32

Herefordshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.18

0.19

0.20

0.22

0.25

Hertfordshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.37

0.34

0.32

0.33

0.35

Hillingdon

0.8

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.71

0.67

0.58

0.55

0.59

Hounslow

0.9

0.8

0.9

1.1

1.03

1.19

1.16

1.08

1.10

Isle of Wight

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.20

0.12

0.10

0.12

0.17

Isles of Scilly

0.1

0.0

0.2

0.70

0.42

0.87

0.21

Islington

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.1

1.20

1.26

0.96

0.81

0.72

Kensington and Chelsea

1.4

1.3

0.9

1.1

0.89

0.59

0.40

0.35

0.46

Kent

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.37

0.37

0.36

0.43

0.47

Kingston upon Hull, City of

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.68

0.65

0.55

0.57

0.63

Kingston upon Thames

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.3

0.25

0.22

0.23

0.29

0.24

Kirklees

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.48

0.41

0.40

0.35

0.35

Knowsley

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.69

0.64

0.75

0.66

0.78

Lambeth

1.3

1.2

1.1

1.2

1.07

1.07

0.97

1.01

0.98

Lancashire

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.34

0.31

0.32

0.34

0.35

Leeds

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.6

0.47

0.43

0.39

0.39

0.44

Leicester City

0.6

0.6

0.5

0.7

0.64

0.71

0.71

0.70

0.74

Leicestershire

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.17

0.17

0.18

0.20

0.21

Lewisham

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.7

1.35

1.06

0.97

1.09

1.09

Lincolnshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.33

0.28

0.29

0.26

0.24

Liverpool

0.8

0.8

0.6

0.6

0.53

0.52

0.48

0.45

0.48

London, City of

1.9

1.6

1.9

0.9

0.32

0.00

0.29

0.03

0.03

Luton

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.58

0.53

0.50

0.55

0.67

Manchester

1.2

1.0

0.9

1.0

0.88

0.83

0.85

0.93

1.05

Medway

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.36

0.30

0.31

0.37

0.35

Merton

0.8

0.8

0.6

0.5

0.38

0.35

0.33

0.39

0.27

Middlesbrough

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.5

0.35

0.37

0.42

0.49

0.49

Milton Keynes

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.35

0.29

0.22

0.24

0.25

Newcastle upon Tyne

0.6

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.51

0.49

0.38

0.41

0.47

Newham

2.0

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.53

1.04

0.71

0.76

0.91

Norfolk

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.46

0.45

0.41

0.42

0.41

North East Lincolnshire

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.19

0.23

0.23

0.24

0.22

North Lincolnshire

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.28

0.22

0.22

0.31

0.33

North Somerset

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.23

0.31

0.26

0.28

0.27

North Tyneside

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.11

0.12

0.17

0.18

0.20

North Yorkshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.17

0.16

0.17

0.18

0.22

Northamptonshire

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.44

0.39

0.38

0.42

0.44

Northumberland

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.21

0.19

0.19

0.19

0.26

Nottingham City

1.2

1.1

1.0

0.8

0.75

0.70

0.62

0.68

0.68

Nottinghamshire

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.42

0.39

0.35

0.36

0.34

Oldham

0.6

0.7

0.5

0.5

0.44

0.46

0.41

0.39

0.40

Oxfordshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.32

0.29

0.26

0.30

0.28

Peterborough City

0.5

0.5

0.7

0.6

0.50

0.51

0.49

0.47

0.51

Plymouth

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.29

0.26

0.26

0.25

0.29

Poole

0.6

0.6

0.5

0.5

0.50

0.47

0.46

0.42

0.49

Portsmouth

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.74

0.82

0.73

0.75

0.69

Reading

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.56

0.43

0.46

0.51

0.53

Redbridge

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.76

0.77

0.77

0.80

0.93

Redcar and Cleveland

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.22

0.25

0.25

0.30

0.32

Richmond upon Thames

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.27

0.32

0.35

0.44

0.53

Rochdale

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.49

0.57

0.70

0.75

0.70

Rotherham

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.55

0.46

0.40

0.45

0.66

Rutland

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.1

0.19

0.15

0.07

0.05

0.05

Salford

1.1

0.8

0.6

0.6

0.51

0.43

0.59

0.66

0.71

Sandwell

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.44

0.47

0.48

0.51

0.64

Sefton

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.23

0.22

0.20

0.28

0.40

Sheffield

1.1

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.77

0.66

0.64

0.69

0.71

Shropshire

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.13

0.13

0.13

0.14

0.17

Slough

0.6

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.70

0.75

0.79

0.87

1.11

Solihull

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.24

0.31

0.36

0.43

0.46

Somerset

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.28

0.27

0.26

0.32

0.47

South Gloucestershire

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.29

0.27

0.21

0.24

0.23

South Tyneside

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.11

0.15

0.20

0.19

0.22

Southampton

0.9

1.0

0.8

0.9

0.77

0.60

0.66

0.75

0.74

Southend-on-Sea

0.7

0.5

0.7

0.6

0.67

0.60

0.40

0.43

0.37

Southwark

1.7

1.6

1.6

1.7

1.78

1.74

1.61

1.34

1.25

St. Helens

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.39

0.35

0.33

0.39

0.46

Staffordshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.24

0.22

0.19

0.19

0.22

Stockport

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.39

0.31

0.30

0.27

0.29

Stockton on Tees

0.1

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.14

0.21

0.22

0.29

0.35

Stoke on Trent

0.5

0.6

0.5

0.6

0.69

0.74

0.67

0.67

0.77

Suffolk

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.26

0.25

0.27

0.31

0.33

Sunderland

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.16

0.18

0.21

0.23

0.29

Surrey

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.31

0.29

0.25

0.28

0.28

Sutton

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.41

0.26

0.31

0.37

0.51

Swindon

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.2

0.23

0.20

0.23

0.30

0.39

Tameside

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.24

0.36

0.32

0.27

0.33

Telford and Wrekin

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.28

0.27

0.29

0.22

0.23

Thurrock

0.8

0.8

0.6

0.7

0.54

0.53

0.57

0.68

0.66

Torbay

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.36

0.34

0.35

0.29

0.30

Tower Hamlets

1.7

1.4

1.5

1.5

1.38

1.20

1.19

1.22

1.27

Trafford

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.17

0.17

0.18

0.19

0.12

Wakefield

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.51

0.55

0.55

0.53

0.50

Walsall

0.8

0.6

0.7

0.5

0.47

0.47

0.40

0.39

0.44

Waltham Forest

0.8

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.53

0.54

0.68

0.53

0.63

Wandsworth

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.56

0.58

0.57

0.57

0.64

Warrington

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.31

0.33

0.47

0.52

0.67

Warwickshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.16

0.20

0.19

0.16

0.18

West Berkshire

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.36

0.30

0.31

0.34

0.30

West Sussex

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.26

0.25

0.21

0.23

0.24

Westminster, City of

1.1

1.4

0.9

0.9

0.77

0.62

0.51

0.68

0.87

Wigan

0.3

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.25

0.25

0.24

0.28

0.31

Wiltshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.30

0.30

0.31

0.30

0.31

Windsor and Maidenhead

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.3

0.28

0.34

0.40

0.37

0.29

Wirral

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.39

0.41

0.30

0.27

0.26

Wokingham

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.21

0.20

0.21

0.25

0.26

Wolverhampton

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.44

0.49

0.51

0.51

0.56

Worcestershire

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.17

0.19

0.23

0.22

0.27

York, City of

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.41

0.45

0.32

0.30

0.38

Percentage of half days missed in maintained mainstream secondary schools1 due to unauthorised absence2

Local authority

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-063

Barking and Dagenham

2.0

2.0

1.7

2.0

2.04

1.91

1.93

2.00

1.57

Barnet

0.8

0.9

1.1

1.3

0.95

0.97

1.07

1.01

0.90

Barnsley

1.9

2.0

1.9

1.3

1.56

1.38

1.35

1.50

1.99

Bath and North East Somerset

0.4

0.6

0.6

0.6

1.08

0.83

0.83

0.95

0.98

Bedfordshire

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.41

0.42

0.42

0.68

0.50

Bexley

0.5

0.6

1.1

1.1

1.19

0.75

1.11

0.71

1.12

Birmingham

1.7

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.62

1.50

1.59

1.42

1.39

Blackburn with Darwen

1.3

1.4

1.4

1.2

1.34

1.26

1.13

1.03

1.30

Blackpool

1.6

1.6

1.9

1.3

1.33

1.37

1.88

1.70

1.91

Bolton

1.8

1.7

1.2

1.2

1.19

1.14

1.37

1.85

1.59

Bournemouth

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.55

0.59

0.66

1.30

0.59

Bracknell Forest

0.5

1.1

0.9

1.2

0.90

0.87

0.70

0.82

1.15

Bradford

2.0

2.2

2.0

2.6

2.42

2.63

2.83

2.93

2.63

Brent

0.7

0.9

1.0

0.9

0.73

0.86

0.56

1.05

0.67

Brighton and Hove

1.1

0.9

1.1

1.4

1.18

1.47

1.50

1.21

1.32

Bristol, City of

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.3

2.34

2.05

2.23

2.52

2.41

Bromley

0.6

0.6

0.6

1.1

1.10

1.09

1.00

1.13

1.16

Buckinghamshire

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.54

0.65

0.70

0.74

0.87

Bury

0.6

0.6

0.5

0.6

0.67

0.70

0.49

0.50

0.68

Calderdale

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.75

0.77

0.61

0.72

1.05

Cambridgeshire

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.77

0.81

0.80

1.04

1.02

Camden

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.6

1.41

1.58

1.17

1.38

2.25

Cheshire

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.9

0.85

0.87

0.88

1.19

1.04

Cornwall

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.40

0.50

0.79

0.69

0.83

Coventry

1.3

1.4

1.3

1.1

0.95

1.00

0.81

0.96

0.94

Croydon

0.6

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.68

1.10

1.18

1.39

1.40

Cumbria

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.75

0.82

0.94

0.97

0.94

Darlington

1.6

1.3

1.6

1.0

1.13

1.07

1.05

1.84

2.23

Derby City

0.8

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.46

125

1.71

1.79

1.66

Derbyshire

1.1

1,0

0.9

1.0

0.96

0.96

0.98

1.07

1.03

Devon

0.7

0.9

1.0

1.0

1.05

1.03

1.36

1.30

1.30

Doncaster

2.1

2.2

2.3

1.8

1.54

1.58

1.59

1.77

1.74

Dorset

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.7

0.57

0.48

0.46

0.54

0.61

Dudley

0.6

0.7

.0.7

0.6

0.69

0.86

1.00

1.25

1.51

Durham

1.5

1.3

1.1

0.8

0.73

0.69

0.68

0.8',

0.77

Ealing

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.0

1.02

0.87

0.70

0.74

0.75

East Riding of Yorkshire

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.89

0.69

0.67

0.56

0.54

East Sussex

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.41

1.35

1.41

1.34

1.35

Enfield

1.0

1.4

1.7

1.8

1.92

1.85

1.49

1.85

1.63

Essex

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.90

0.84

1.00

1.09

1.09

Gateshead

1.6

1.3

1.3

1.3

0.96

0.97

0.90

0.91

0.99

Gloucestershire

0.3

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.49

0.51

0.56

0.83

0.90

Greenwich

2.4

2.2

1.9

2.3

2.49

2.37

2.82

2.69

2.85

Hackney

2.2

2.6

2.2

3.1

2.57

2.07

1.86

1.88

1.24

Halton

1.2

1.5

1.6

2.0

2.48

2.24

2.71

2.74

1.87

Hammersmith and Fulham

2.8

2.6

2.2

2.0

1.76

1.69

1.72

1.66

1.12

Hampshire

0.8

0.8

0.8

1.0

1.13

1.07

1.06

1.23

1.20

Haringey

1.9

2.1

2.3

1.9

2.43

2.32

1.84

1.86

1.88

Harrow

0.8

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.69

0.52

0.48

0.51

0.45

Hartlepool

2.6

2.0

1.6

1.9

1.63

1.69

1.13

0.98

0.87

Havering

0.7

0.5

0.5

0.7

0.60

0.56

0.61

0.64

0.83

Herefordshire

0.6

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.81

0.80

0.99

1.05

1.38

Hertfordshire

0.6

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.91

0.75

0.75

0.77

0.77

Hillingdon

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.1

1.49

1.63

1.43

1.58

1.75

Hounslow

1.0

1.2

0.9

1.0

1.05

1.02

1.15

1.09

1.31

Isle of Wight

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.67

0.85

0.78

1.34

1.20

Isles of Scilly

0.4

1.0

0.1

Islington

2.7

2.6

2.0

2.0

1.65

1.51

1.41

1.72

1.69

Kensington and Chelsea

2.4

2.4

1.8

2.4

1.91

1.66

1.01

0.59

0.66

Kent

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.74

0.67

0.82

1.14

1.30

Kingston upon Hull, City of

3.7

3.3

2.9

2.5

2.67

2.44

2.43

2.78

2.76

Kingston upon Thames

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.6

0.57

0.51

0.33

0.61

0.58

Kirklees

1.3

1.3

1.2

1.2

1.13

1.19

1.09

1.06

1.01

Knowsley

3.1

2.8

3.1

3.1

3.06

2.84

2.10

2.19

2.19

Lambeth

1.5

0.9

1.0

1.2

0.99

0.60

0.50

0.58

0.57

Lancashire

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.82

0.82

0.88

0.93

0.95

Leeds

1.9

1.9

2.0

1.8

1.85

1.92

2.00

1.89

1.88

Leicester City

1.9

2.0

1.9

2.2

2.31

2.59

3.04

2.86

2.25

Leicestershire

1.0

1.0

1.2

1.3

1.28

1.19

1.18

1.36

1.33

Lewisham

2.6

2.5

2.9

3.5

2.68

2.38

2.49

1.91

1.84

Lincolnshire

0.9

1.0

0.8

0.7

0.73

0.78

0.83

0.85

0.69

Liverpool

2.1

1.6

1.6

1.9

1.77

1.68

1.91

2.00

1.72

London, City of

Luton

0.9

0.7

0.9

0.7

0.63

0.79

0.74

0.85

0.91

Manchester

2.6

2.1

1.9

1.7

1.70

1.68

2.18

2.80

2.89

Medway

0.9

1.0

1.0

0.7

0.58

0.77

0.60

1.26

1.26

Merton

2.5

2.2

1.7

1.5

1.20

1.34

1.34

1.62

1.01

Middlesbrough

1.7

1.3

1.6

1.0

1.02

1.11

1.08

1.56

1.30

Milton Keynes

0.7

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.51

0.71

0.76

1.38

1.09

Newcastle upon Tyne

1.1

1.0

1.3

1.2

1.69

1.27

0.96

1.03

1.15

Newham

3.2

3.2

2.7

2.3

2.12

1.60

1.23

1.09

0.86

Norfolk

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.07

1.02

1.02

1.08

1.24

North East Lincolnshire

2.3

1.9

1.8

1.5

1.53

1.72

1.80

1.69

1.41

North Lincolnshire

1.2

1.0

1.1

0.9

1.34

0.91

0.89

0.89

0.92

North Somerset

1.1

0.9

0.7

0.8

1.05

1.13

1.03

0.79

1.05

North Tyneside

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.67

0.86

1.26

1.07

1.03

North Yorkshire

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.53

0.57

0.57

0.74

0.65

Northamptonshire

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

1.00

1.08

1.16

1.35

1.38

Northumberland

0.5

0.6

0.4

0.6

0.36

0.34

0.41

0.50

0.60

Nottingham City

3.9

3.0

2.9

3.1

3.08

2.37

2.26

2.07

2.59

Nottinghamshire

1.5

1.4

1.3

1.2

1.30

1.49

1.75

1.94

1.68

Oldham

1.8

1.6

1.4

1.1

1.38

1.55

1.24

1.16

1.23

Oxfordshire

1.4

1.5

1.3

1.4

1.32

1.09

1.19

1.01

0.88

Peterborough City

1.2

1.2

0.9

1.2

1.22

0.89

1.17

1.25

1.19

Plymouth

0.7

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.56

0.59

0.72

0.92

0.88

Poole

0.6

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.84

0.94

1.06

1.69

1.75

Portsmouth

1.9

1.4

1.8

1.8

1.63

1.42

1.70

1.84

1.84

Reading

1.4

1.2

0.8

1.1

1.21

1.99

2.13

1.40

1.18

Redbridge

0.4

0.4

0.6

0.5

0.73

0.69

0.94

0.93

0.92

Redcar and Cleveland

1.3

1.2

1.2

1.4

1.10

0.97

1.03

1.41

1.23

Richmond upon Thames

1.0

1.5

1.9

2.5

2.54

2.10

1.99

2.51

2.34

Rochdale

1.9

1.4

1.4

1.2

1.59

1.41

1.62

1.49

1.52

Rotherham

1.5

1.2

1.2

1.1

1.58

1.27

1.60

1.66

2.07

Rutland

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.48

0.49

0.41

0.47

0.38

Salford

1.2

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.57

2.19

2.67

2.78

2.11

Sandwell

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.1

1.71

1.56

1.94

1.82

2.12

Sefton

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.69

0.67

0.72

0.76

0.75

Sheffield

2.2

1.9

1.8

2.1

2.17

2.02

2.03

2.34

1.98

Shropshire

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.56

0.46

0.45

0.57

0.66

Slough

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.22

1.46

1.55

1.28

0.81

Solihull

0.6

0.7

0.5

0.6

0.89

0.82

0.62

0.89

0.84

Somerset

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.63

0.63

0.82

1.01

1.16

South Gloucestershire

1.1

1.1

1.4

1.2

0.96

1.25

1.09

0.90

0.86

South Tyneside

0.3

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.62

0.69

1.70

0.66

0.73

Southampton

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.31

1.18

1.19

1.87

1.77

Southend-on-Sea

1.4

1.2

1.4

1.9

1.42

1.34

1.78

1.79

1.62

Southwark

2.6

2.3

1.9

1.8

1.74

1.79

1.59

1.69

2.21

St Helens

0.5

0.6

1.0

0.9

0.91

1.13

1.07

1.55

1.42

Staffordshire

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.55

0.66

0.63

0.62

0.64

Stockport

1.3

1.2

1.0

0.9

0.95

0.82

0.94

0.99

1.30

Stockton on Tees

0.8

0.9

0.6

0.4

0.52

0.72

0.87

0.78

1.02

Stoke on Trent

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.6

1.64

1.50

1.50

2.13

1.99

Suffolk

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.89

1.08

1.32

1.29

1.37

Sunderland

1.2

1.2

1.0

0.9

0.99

0.90

1.19

1.37

0.98

Surrey

0.4

0.5

0.7

1.0

0.97

0.98

1.09

1.19

1.19

Sutton

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.89

0.66

0.69

0.67

0.78

Swindon

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.7

0.76

0.67

1.07

0.89

0.88

Tameside

1.2

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.04

0.43

0.46

0.89

1.09

Telford and Wrekin

1.0

0.8

1.0

0.9

0.63

0.51

0.61

0.95

1.06

Thurrock

1.5

1.3

1.3

1.1

0.93

1.62

1.25

1.24

1.62

Torbay

0.7

0.8

1.0

1.2

1.26

1.49

1.47

1.58

1.85

Tower Hamlets

2.8

2.2

2.5

2.6

2.41

2.03

1.97

2.42

2.05

Trafford

0.7

1.1

0.7

0.8

0.73

0.60

0.68

0.70

0.61

Wakefield

0.7

1.0

0.7

0.9

0.84

1.00

0.94

1.04

0.82

Walsall

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.82

0.86

1.09

1.14

1.27

Waltham Forest

2.3

1.8

1.4

2.0

1.72

1.37

1.57

1.74

1.37

Wandsworth

1.7

1.2

0.8

0.7

1.34

1.09

0.82

1.11

1.22

Warrington

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.64

0.65

0.81

0.93

1.10

Warwickshire

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.66

0.76

0.75

0.95

0.94

West Berkshire

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.6

0.58

0.61

0.86

0.89

0.86

West Sussex

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.88

0.75

0.73

0.92

0.76

Westminster, City of

3.2

3.9

3.1

2.4

1.76

1.59

1.95

1.77

1.98

Wigan

1.3

1.2

1.0

0.8

0.67

0.60

0.60

0.86

1.18

Wiltshire

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.65

0.60

0.73

0.88

1.01

Windsor & Maidenhead

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.65

0.72

0.75

1.00

0.84

Wirral

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.48

0.54

0.61

0.54

0.72

Wokingham

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.6

0.96

0.62

0.80

1.16

0.88

Wolverhampton

1.5

1.4

1.3

1,2

1.06

1.20

1.13

1.18

1.05

Worcestershire

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.61

0.76

0.60

0.79

0.93

York, City of

0.6

0.8

1.1

1.1

1.02

1.14

105

1.04

1.13

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Figures are only available to 1 decimal place prior to 2001-02. 3 Figures for 2005-06 are provisional.

Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established and truancy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1235W, to the hon. Member for South-West Hertfordshire (Mr. Gauke), on truancy, how much was spent for local authorities to share effective practice; what the nature of the events was; whom the advisers were; how much each adviser was paid; what percentage change in unauthorised absence figures occurred in each quarter since their appointment; how many electronic registration systems were purchased; and what the (a) type, (b) unit cost, (c) supplier and (d) monitoring arrangement was in each local authority area. (95349)

The £0.2 million expenditure mentioned in the previous reply on events for local authorities includes termly meetings of local authority attendance leaders in each English region. These meetings are organised and facilitated by the National Strategies’ Assistant Regional Advisors for Attendance. The purpose of each meeting is to present current developments and to share effective practice on attendance management between local authorities. A separate conference was held on 21 September 2005 for selected local authorities on improving school attendance.

The eight attendance advisers who were seconded to my Department from local authorities were: Ron Collinson; Sandra Fletcher; Richard Harvey; Ken Johnson; Linda Rundle; Hilary Shaw; John Smail; and Ingvar Spencer. Their costs ranged between £32,000 and £71,000 and reflected their local authority salary. This was paid pro-rata as some of the advisers only worked for the Department on a part-time basis. Each received an amount for travel and subsistence and, in one case, for administrative support.

The current Capita National Strategies Assistant Regional Advisors for Attendance team is made up of: Senior Regional Attendance Advisor: Sue Bainbridge; Current Assistant Regional Advisors for Attendance: Margaret Bleet; Heather Clapp; Chris Gabbett (from January 2007); Jean Gunning; Kenneth Hart; Colin Logan; Linda Rundle; Peter Walker; and Paul Wright. The previous Assistant Regional Advisors for Attendance were: Trevor Folley; Pippa Jackson; and Sam Penn.

The salary scale for the Senior Regional Attendance Advisor is £59,963-£63,456. The salary scale for the Assistant Regional Advisors for Attendance is £51,984-£55,339.

My Department does not collect pupil absence figures on a quarterly basis.

£11.25 million was made available to fund electronic registration systems in around 530 secondary schools with high levels of unauthorised absence. Schools selected the system and the provider that best suited their needs. The following table shows the total amounts by supplier in grants awarded to schools.

Supplier

Total grants awarded (£)

CCM

967,060

Radun

110,430

Easy Trace

24,080

Capita

5,252,260

RM

211,420

Tasc

823,880

Pearson

108,020

Bromcom

2,634,190

Bell

68,950

Nedap

19,170

Talmos

25,590

Quinetic

67,470

Sentinel

21,390

The effectiveness of the e-registration funding was evaluated by the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research at the University of Warwick. Their report was published in May 2006 and a copy has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the level of persistent unauthorised absence in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (94505)

The information required to answer the question is not yet available.

The Department started to collect pupil level absence data for the first time from secondary schools in January 2006. Detailed absence statistics for 2005-06 will be available in a statistical first release provisionally scheduled for publication in February 2007.