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Absenteeism: Yorkshire and the Humber

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary education in each local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber was classed as persistent absentees in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (206221)

The first year for which information is available on Persistent Absentees is 2005-06.

The available information is given in the table, and was published as part of the Statistical First Release: ‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England, including Pupil Characteristics, 2006/07’ at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000775/index.shtml

Maintained secondary schools1,2: Rates of persistent absentees—2005/06 and 2006/07 by local authority area within Yorkshire and the Humber

Percentage of persistent absentees3

2005/06

2006/07

Percentage point change

Yorkshire and the Humber

8.4

7.6

-0.8

370

Barnsley

6.7

6.8

0.1

380

Bradford

9.3

8.3

-1.0

381

Calderdale

7.7

6.9

-0.8

371

Doncaster

8.1

83

0.2

811

East Riding of Yorkshire

6.6

6.3

-0.3

810

Kingston Upon Hull, City of 4

19.1

11.9

-7.2

382

Kirklees

6.7

6.8

0.1

383

Leeds

10.1

9.8

-0.3

812

North East Lincolnshire

8.3

7.6

-0.7

813

North Lincolnshire

6.1

6.4

0.3

815

North Yorkshire

5.5

4.8

-0.7

372

Rotherham

8.9

8.0

-0.9

373

Sheffield

9.3

7.7

-1.6

384

Wakefield

6.7

7.0

0.3

816

York

6.2

6.5

0.3

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Excludes city technology colleges and academies.

3 Number of Persistent Absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.

4 For 2005/06 figures are as reported by schools. There are known quality issues with absence data provided by one school within this authority. A school level resubmission of absence data has been provided by the school but this has not updated the pupil level data upon which this analysis is based.

Source:

School Census