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Truancy: Lincolnshire

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 education in (a) Cleethorpes, (b) Great Grimsby, (c) North East Lincolnshire and (d) North Lincolnshire were classed as persistent truants in the most recent period for which figures are available. (211845)

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 schools1,2: Pupil absence 2006-07

Number of enrolments3

Percentage of persistent absentees4

North East Lincolnshire local authority area

11,213

7.2

North Lincolnshire local authority area

10,709

6.4

Cleethorpes constituency

7,447

6.6

Great Grimsby constituency

4,701

8.0

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.