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Truancy: Lancashire

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary education in (a) Chorley and (b) other areas in Lancashire were classed as persistent truants in the most recent period for which figures are available. (204982)

The available information relates to persistent absentees (pupils who are absent for more than 20 per cent. of possible sessions of attendance) and is given in the table.

State funded secondary schools 1,2: pupil absence 2006/07

Number of enrolments 3

Percentage of persistent absentees 4

Lancashire local authority area

70,503

6.9

Parliamentary constituencies in the Lancashire area:

Chorley

7,293

5.8

Burnley

5,709

11.9

Fylde

4,626

5.9

Hyndburn

5,294

7.9

Lancaster and Wyre

7,427

4.2

Morecambe and Lunesdale

4,274

8.9

Pendle

5,298

8.9

Preston

3,639

10.5

Ribble Valley

8,204

4.6

South Ribble

7,669

4.4

West Lancashire

5,919

6.3

Rossendale and Darwen

6,762

7.2

Blackpool, North and Fleetwood

5,293

11.4

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

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

3 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 5 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).

4 A persistent absentee is defined as missing more than 63 sessions in the year—typically, missing more than 20 per cent. of the school year.

Source:

School Census