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Pupils: Absenteeism

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals were classed as persistent absentees in the last year for which figures are available. (251294)

The requested information is shown in the following table;

Persistent absentee1 in primary, secondary and special schools2,3 with free school meal (FSM) eligibility, 2006-07—England

Pupil enrolments in schools during 2006-074,5

Percentage of half days missed6

Number

Percentage7

Authorised absence

Unauthorised absence

Overall absence

Pupils known to be eligible for FSM

95,760

9.3

21.04

14.04

35.08

Other pupils8

177,190

3.2

23.44

11.62

35.07

Total8

272,950

4.1

22.59

12.48

35.07

1 Persistent Absentees are defined as having more than 63 sessions of absence (authorised and unauthorised) during the year, typically over 20 per cent overall absence rate.

2 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies).

3 Includes middle schools as deemed.

4 Number of enrolments in schools from start of the school year to 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).

5 Enrolments for whom absence data are missing have been excluded.

6 The number of sessions missed due to authorised/unauthorised/overall absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions of Persistent Absentees.

7 The number of Persistent Absentee enrolments expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments with same gender or year group or SEN etc.

8 Includes pupil enrolments for whom characteristic data were unclassified or missing. Total rates may be higher than rates for each subgroup.

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

and was also published in a Statistical First Release in February 2008 at:-

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