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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have been classed as persistent truants in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (174295)

Data which enabled analysis of absence data to include information on persistent absentees were collected for the first time, from secondary schools only, for the academic year 2005/06. The information was published as part of SFR 11/2007 which can be found at:

The latest published data cover autumn term 2006 and spring term 2007 and include data for primary schools. This was published as part of SFR 36/11 and can be found at: