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Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1142W, on truancy, how many pupils have had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in year (a) nine, (b) 10 and (c) 11. (189360)

The requested information is given in the table and relates to secondary schools only.

Information for the academic year 2006/07 was published on 26 February 2008.

All secondary schools1: absence in national curriculum year groups 9, 10 and 11: 2005/06, EnglandNumber of enrolments who missed at least one session due to2Percentage of enrolments who missed at least one session due to2, 3National curriculum year groupNumber of pupils of compulsory school age4 Number of enrolments5Authorised absenceUnauthorised absenceOverall absenceAuthorised absenceUnauthorised absenceOverall absence 9598,760605,640573,250195,290579,15094.732.295.610601,220606,090572,490232,410579,89094.538.395.711581,300582,600552,780255,680560,88094.943.996.3 1 Includes middle schools as deemed. Includes city technology colleges and academies. 2 One session relates to half a school day. 3 The number of enrolments who had at least one session of absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments in same national curriculum year group. 4 Pupil numbers are as at January 2006. Includes pupils aged five to 15 with sole and dual (main) registration. Excludes boarders. 5 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, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the year or are registered at more than one school). Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.Source: School Census