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Pupils: Absenteeism

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils took authorised absence in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. (182748)

The available information for the academic year 1996/97 is shown in the table.

The latest available information for 2007 covers autumn term 2006 and spring term 2007 and is shown in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools, and city technology colleges1: authorised absence by type of school, 1996/97, England

Number of day pupils of compulsory school age

Authorised absence Percentage of half days missed2

Maintained primary schools

3,770,800

5.60

Maintained secondary schools

2,790,040

8.10

City technology colleges

12,308

6.10

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

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

Note:

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

Source:

School Absence Survey

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

Number of day pupils of compulsory school age2

Number of pupil enrolments3, 4

Authorised absence Percentage of half days missed5:

Maintained primary schools

3,306,940

3,428,390

4.73

Secondary schools6

2,954,940

3,016,240

6.30

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

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

3 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).

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

5 The number of sessions missed due to authorised absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

6 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

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of persistent absentees from school obtained (a) five GCSEs A*-C and (b) five GCSEs A*-C including English and mathematics in the last period for which figures are available. (200099)