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Truancy

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of half days were missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained mainstream schools in (a) Bury St. Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England in each year since 1997. (134682)

The percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained mainstream schools in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997 are shown as follows:

Unauthorised pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained primary schools1 by LA, 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 (final)

Bedfordshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.21

0.21

0.17

0.22

0.25

Cambridgeshire

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.33

0.34

0.39

0.39

0.46

Essex

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.35

0.37

0.37

0.33

0.38

Hertfordshire

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.37

0.34

0.32

0.33

0.34

Norfolk

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.46

0.45

0.41

0.42

0.41

Suffolk

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.26

0.25

0.27

0.31

0.33

England

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.45

0.43

0.41

0.43

0.45

Unauthorised pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained secondary schools1 by LA, 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 (final)

Bedfordshire

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.41

0.42

0.42

0.68

0.50

Cambridgeshire

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.77

0.81

0.80

1.04

1.02

Essex

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.90

0.84

1.00

1.09

1.07

Hertfordshire

0.6

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.91

0.75

0.75

0.77

0.75

Norfolk

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.07

1.02

1.02

1.08

1.22

Suffolk

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.89

1.08

1.32

1.29

1.34

England

1.1

1.1

1.0

1.1

1.09

1.07

1.13

1.23

1.20

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Due to local government reorganisation, regional figures are not available prior to 1998.

3 Figures for the above local authorities are available to one 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.