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Pupils: Absenteeism

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary schools in (a) Bexley and (b) London were classed as (i) persistent and (ii) non-persistent absentees in the most recent period for which figures are available. (212624)

The Department does not maintain records of ‘truancy’, as authorised absence rates include lateness and unauthorised holidays during term time.

The available information relates to pupil enrolments classed as 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 schools1,2: Pupil absence 2006-07

Number of enrolments who are classed as persistent absentees3

Percentage of enrolments who are classed as persistent absentees4

London Government office region



Bexley local authority area



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 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). Regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

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. Pupils can be absent for a range of reasons, including illness and family holiday.


School Census