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Truancy

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many unauthorised absences there were from schools in the last year for which records are available. (179823)

The latest available information relates to autumn term 2006 and spring term 2007, for primary schools 4,361,430 half days were missed due to unauthorised absence, for all secondary schools (including city technology colleges and academies) 10,973,640 half days were missed due to unauthorised absence.

The latest available rates for pupil absence are shown in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies1, pupil absence by type of school, autumn term 2006 and spring term 2007, England

Percentage of half days missed2

Number of day pupils of compulsory school age3

Number of pupil enrolments4, 5

Authorised absence

Unauthorised absence

Overall absence

Overall absence autumn term 2005 and spring term 20066

Maintained Primary Schools

3,306,940

3,428,390

4.73

0.52

5.26

n/a

Secondary Schools7

2,954,940

3,016,240

6.30

1.48

7.78

8.16

Total

6,261,870

6,444,630

5.47

0.97

6.44

n/a

n/a = Not available.

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 The number of sessions missed due to authorised/unauthorised/overall absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

3 Pupil numbers are as at January 2007. Includes pupils aged five to 15 with sole and dual (main) registration. Excludes boarders.

4 Number of pupil enrolments in schools between 1 September 2006 and 9 April 2007. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the school year or are registered in more than one school).

5 There were some 32,498 cases from primary schools, 17,238 cases from maintained secondary schools, CTS and academies for whom absence data were missing. These cases have been excluded from the total number of pupil enrolments.

6 The overall absence rate, including both authorised and unauthorised absence for autumn term 2005 and spring term 2006.

7 Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies.

Note:

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

Source:

School Census.