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Pupils: Absenteeism

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) unauthorised and (b) authorised absences were recorded at (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Lancashire in each year from 1997 to 2006. (124308)

The percentage of half days missed in primary and secondary schools in Lancashire local authority due to authorised and unauthorised absence in each year since 1997 are shown as follows.

Pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained primary schools1 in Lancashire LEA 1997/98 to 2005/062,3

Type of absence

1997/98

1998/99

1999/2000

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06 (final)

Authorised

5.2

5.0

4.9

5.0

5.04

4.88

4.72

4.68

4.81

Unauthorised

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.34

0.31

0.32

0.34

0.35

Pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained secondary schools1 in Lancashire LEA 1997/98 to 2005/062,3

Local authority

1997/98

1998/99

1999/2000

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

Authorised

7.6

7.8

7.5

7.9

7.75

7.15

7.25

6.94

6.84

Unauthorised

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.82

0.82

0.88

0.93

0.94

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Due to Local Government Reorganisation, regional figures are not available prior to 1998.

3 Figures for Lancashire local authority are available to 1 decimal place prior to 2001/02 and two decimal places from 2001/02 onwards.

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.