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Truancy

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the absence rate in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each decile of area deprivation was in 2007-08, broken down by reason for absence; and if he will make a statement. (261604)

The information is as follows:

(a) Pupil1 absence rate2 in primary schools3 by reason and IDACI4 decile of school location, 2007/08

IDACI Decile (0-10 per cent. = most deprived)

Reason of absence

0-10

10-20

20-30

30-40

40-50

50-60

60-70

70-80

80-90

90-100

Illness

3.47

3.54

3.44

3.29

3.18

3.07

2.94

2.81

2.67

2.58

Medical/dental appointments

0.28

0.29

0.28

0.28

0.27

0.27

0.27

0.26

0.25

0.23

Religious observance

0.27

0.16

0.09

0.06

0.05

0.03

0.03

0.02

0.02

0.02

Study leave

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Traveller absence

0.02

0.02

0.02

0.02

0.02

0.02

0.03

0.02

0.02

0.02

Agreed holiday

0.49

0.58

0.65

0.70

0.73

0.76

0.75

0.76

0.77

0.75

Agreed extended holiday

0.05

0.05

0.03

0.02

0.02

0.02

0.01

0.02

0.01

0.01

Excluded

0.04

0.03

0.03

0.02

0.02

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

Other authorised

0.38

0.36

0.32

0.29

0.28

0.26

0.24

0.21

0.20

0.20

Total authorised5

5.28

5.28

5.08

4.90

4.75

4.61

4.44

4.27

4.14

3.98

Holiday not agreed

0.13

0.12

0.11

0.09

0.08

0.08

0.08

0.07

0.07

0.06

Arrived late

0.09

0.08

0.08

0.07

0.05

0.05

0.04

0.03

0.03

0.02

Other unauthorised

0.65

0.51

0.39

0.29

0.23

0.19

0.15

0.13

0.10

0.08

No reason yet

0.25

0.20

0.17

0.13

0.11

0.10

0.06

0.06

0.06

0.05

Total unauthorised5

1.20

0.96

0.77

0.60

0.51

0.43

0.35

0.30

0.26

0.23

Total overall5

6.47

6.24

5.85

5.50

5.25

5.04

4.78

4.57

4.40

4.21

(b) Pupil1 absence rate2 in secondary schools3,6 by reason and IDACI4 decile of school location, 2007/08

IDACI Decile (0-10 per cent. = most deprived)

Reason of absence

0-10

10-20

20-30

30-40

40-50

50-60

60-70

70-80

80-90

90-100

Illness

3.61

3.77

3.85

3.91

3.77

3.84

3.71

3.72

3.63

3.50

Medical/dental appointments

0.42

0.40

0.43

0.43

0.41

0.44

0.43

0.42

0.41

0.43

Religious observance

0.20

0.08

0.09

0.05

0.04

0.03

0.03

0.03

0.03

0.03

Study Leave

0.07

0.07

0.15

0.18

0.20

0.18

0.22

0.21

0.26

0.31

Traveller absence

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

Agreed holiday

0.32

0.37

0.38

0.38

0.38

0.41

0.39

0.39

0.41

0.37

Agreed extended holiday

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

Excluded

0.19

0.23

0.20

0.17

0.18

0.16

0.15

0.16

0.14

0.13

Other authorised

0.71

0.76

0.65

0.57

0.56

0.52

0.54

0.51

0.51

0.51

Total authorised5

5.94

6.11

6.04

6.05

5.93

5.89

5.82

5.74

5.72

5.59

Holiday not agreed

0.11

0.11

0.12

0.11

0.10

0.09

0.09

0.09

0.08

0.09

Arrived late

0.06

0.08

0.08

0.08

0.07

0.07

0.08

0.09

0.06

0.08

Other unauthorised

1.39

1.35

1.21

1.01

0.86

0.72

0.80

0.72

0.67

0.63

No reason yet

0.44

0.48

0.36

0.33

0.31

0.31

0.28

0.29

0.20

0.28

Total unauthorised5

2.15

2.18

1.85

1.62

1.43

1.26

1.33

1.28

1.08

1.13

Total overall5

8.09

8.29

7.89

7.67

7.37

7.15

7.15

7.01

6.79

6.73

1 Pupils aged between 5 and 15 at the start of the academic year. Excludes boarders.

2 Percentage of possible sessions missed based on absence totals as reported by reason.

3 Includes middle schools as deemed.

4 Income Deprivation Affecting Children Indices.

5 Includes absence returned as either authorised or unauthorised totals but not broken down by reason.

6 Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies.

Source:

School Census (aggregate of 2007/08 Autumn, Spring and Summer terms)

It is widely recognised, as the data demonstrate, that absence rates increase in areas of high deprivation. Our aim is to reduce all forms of absence and through the National Strategies we are providing intensive support and challenge to those local authorities with high persistent absence, ensuring that all of the targeted schools in their authority are implementing agreed actions to reduce their absence rates.