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Truancy: Disadvantaged

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in each decile of (a) area deprivation by pupil residence and (b) area deprivation by school residence have been recorded as having at least one unauthorised absence in the last year for which data are available. (257023)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Percentage of children in schools1,2 recording an unauthorised absence3 by IDACI decile4 of pupil residence and school location, 2006/07

IDACI decile4

Percentage of pupils with at least one recorded unauthorised absence3

By pupil residency

By school location

0-10% most deprived areas

38.5

35.7

10-20%

35.2

32.7

20-30%

31.6

29.7

30-40%

28.0

28.5

40-50%

24.8

25.1

50-60%

22.2

24.1

60-70%

19.9

21.6

70-80%

18.2

21.7

80-90%

16.8

21.1

90-100% least deprived areas

15.4

20.3

Total

25.9

25.9

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.

3 Pupil must have recorded at least one session missed due to unauthorised absence where a session is a half day.

4 2004 Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index at Super Output Area level.