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Secondary Schools

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have been made to the statistical basis for recording absences from secondary schools. (129641)

[holding answer 23 March 2007]: The absence data collection from secondary schools has changed from being an annual school level collection to a termly pupil level collection.

Statisticians within the Department believe that the collection of pupil level data will improve data quality and enhance the analysis we are able to conduct.

This new collection is the first opportunity to report nationally on the relationship between absence and pupil characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, special educational needs—and to highlight the concentrations of persistent absentees missing a fifth or more of lessons.