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Special Educational Needs

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils with statements of special educational needs who attended mainstream schools took an unauthorised absence from school in each year since 1997. (271830)

The available information is shown in the table.

Data on pupil characteristics linked to absence was collected in the School Census for the first time in 2005/06, but was collected from secondary schools only, therefore information on absence for pupils with statements of special educational needs prior to 2005/06 cannot be provided. In 2006/07 data was also collected from primary and special schools.

Primary and secondary schools1,2 number and proportion of pupils with statements of special educational need taking one or more sessions of unauthorised absence3,4 2005/06—2007/08 England

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

Number of pupil enrolments with statements taking unauthorised absence3,4

n/a

29,200

14,090

27,930

13,970

26,050

Total number of pupil enrolments with statements3,4

n/a

72,430

58,810

68,800

56,450

65,090

Proportion of pupil enrolments taking unauthorised absence4,5

n/a

40.3

24.0

40.6

24.7

40.0

n/a = Not available.

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes city technology colleges and academies.

3 Pupils with statements of special educational need at the time of the January census.

4 Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between 5 and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they were registered at more than one school or moved schools during the year).

5 Number of pupils with statements of special educational need who were absent for one or more sessions due to unauthorised absence, as a proportion of the total number of pupils with statements of special educational need, in each phase.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.