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Truancy

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire had at least one unauthorised absence in the last year for which figures are available. (124504)

The number of day pupils of compulsory school age and number of pupils absent with the average number of half days missed for each of these pupils due to unauthorised absence is given in the following table.

Half days missed due to unauthorised absence per pupil in maintained primary and secondary schools1 2005/06

Unauthorised absence

Number of day pupils of compulsory school age

Number of pupils absent

Average number of half days missed

Primary schools

Northamptonshire

47,781

8,135

8

England

3,493,047

604,320

8

Secondary schools

Northamptonshire

40,539

13,772

12

England

3,001,517

794,877

14

1 Includes middle schools as deemed

Unauthorised absence is defined as absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes truancy but also covers other forms of unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school and absence where the reason is not yet established. It is not therefore possible to identify absence from truancy alone.