The Department does not maintain records of “truancy”. Information is collected on unauthorised absence.
Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established and truancy.
The latest available published information on absence is published as SFR30/2008
‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England: Autumn Term 2007 and Spring Term 2008’ at: