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Truancy

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the rate of unauthorised absence was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979. (191967)

Information on absence rates for the latest available year, 2006/07, is shown in the table. Data on pupil absence were not collected prior to 1993/94; however comparable data for 1993/94 to 2005/06 are not readily available on a consistent basis at local and regional levels.

Primary, secondary and special schools1, 2, pupil absence by type of school, 2006/07, for Cornwall local authority area and South West Government office region

Maintained primary and secondary schools, all special schools, city technology colleges and academies

Percentage of half days missed3

Number of day pupils of compulsory school age4

Number of enrolments5

Authorised absence

Unauthorised absence

Overall absence

Percentage of persistent absentees6

England

6,332,070

6,582,430

5.49

1.00

6.49

4.1

South West

608,520

633,080

5.66

0.86

6.52

3.8

908

Cornwall

62,585

65,044

5.84

0.79

6.64

3.5

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.

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

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

5 Number of enrolments in schools between from start of the school year until 25 May 2007. 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 schools during the school year or are registered in more than one school).

6 Number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.

Note:

National and regional totals have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census.