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Pupils: Absenteeism

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of gifted and talented pupils were persistent absentees in the latest period for which figures are available. (268485)

The available information is shown in the following table.

Primary, secondary and special schools1,2: Persistent absentees within the gifted and talented cohort3,4 England 2007-08

Number of gifted and talented enrolments5

Number of gifted and talented enrolmentswho are persistent absentees

Percentage of gifted and talented enrolments who are persistent absentees

Percentage of all enrolments who are persistent absentees

704,620

9,320

1.3

3.6

1 Includes city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies).

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

3 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.

4 Pupils who were identified as gifted and talented at the time of the January 2008 census.

5 Number of pupil enrolments in schools from start of the school year to 23 May 2008. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15, excluding 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).

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census