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Truancy

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were persistent truants in schools with (a) fewer than 1,000 pupils, (b) 1,000 to 1,500 pupils and (c) more than 1,500 pupils in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion this represented of all pupils in each category. (142504)

[holding answer 20 June 2007]: The Department does not maintain records of ‘truancy’, as authorised absence rates include lateness and unauthorised holidays during term time.

Information relating to persistent absentees by size of school is given in the table. Persistent absentee pupils are absent (authorised and unauthorised) for 20 per cent. of schooling.

The first year for which information on persistent absentees is available relates to 2005/06 and covers only maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies. For the 2006/07 school year this information will also be available for maintained primary schools and special schools. This is expected to be available in February 2008.

Maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies1: number and percentage of persistent absentees by size of school2, 2005/06, England

Schools by size

Fewer than 1,000 pupils

1,000 to 1,500 pupils

More than 1,500 pupils

Total

Maintained secondary schools

Number of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees3,4

91,330

97,640

26,130

215,100

Total number of pupil enrolments4

1,233,280

1,390,630

400,830

3,024,730

Percentage of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees

7.4

7.0

6.5

7.1

City technology colleges

Number of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees3,4

x

290

10

300

Total number of pupil enrolments4

260

8,120

1,190

9,560

Percentage of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees

1.2

3.5

0.6

3.1

Academies

Number of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees3,4

800

1,130

70

1,990

Total number of pupil enrolments4

8,510

12,150

1,380

22,040

Percentage of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees

9.3

9.3

4.9

9.0

Total

Number of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees3,4

92,130

99,060

26,200

217,390

Total number of pupil enrolments4

1,242,040

1,410,900

403,390

3,056,330

Percentage of pupil enrolments that are persistent absentees

7.4

7.0

6.5

7.1

x = Less than five enrolments.

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Persistent absentees are defined as having more than 63 sessions of absence (authorised and unauthorised) during the year.

3 Number of pupil enrolments in schools between 1 September 2005 and 27 May 2006. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15. Excludes boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved school during the school year or are registered at more than one school).

4 There were some 7,240 cases from maintained secondary schools; 20 cases from CTCs and 370 cases from academies for whom absence data were missing. These cases have been excluded from the total number of pupil enrolments.

Note:

Totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census