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Schools: Absence

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases of unauthorised absence from school were recorded in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) the South East in each year since 1997. (285893)

The available information is shown in the table. Further information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Primary, secondary and special schools1, 2 number and percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence 2003-04 – 2007-083

Hemel Hempstead constituency

Dacorum

Hertfordshire

South East

Total half days missed due to unauthorised absence

Percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence4

Total half days missed due to unauthorised absence

Percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence4

Total half days missed due to unauthorised absence

Percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence4

Total half days missed due to unauthorised absence

Percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence4

2007-08

30,210

0.81

5

5

307,380

0.73

2,812,270

0.95

2006-07

5

5

5

5

318,620

0.74

2,729,370

0.90

2005-06

5

5

5

5

281,050

0.66

2,580,910

0.84

2004-05

5

5

5

5

243,780

0.56

2,307,730

0.75

2003-04

5

5

5

5

240,980

0.54

2,044,600

0.65

1 Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies).

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

3 Figures in italics have been sourced from the Absence in Schools Survey. Other figures are derived from the School Census.

4 The number of sessions missed due to unauthorised absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

5 Not readily available. To provide further information would incur disproportionate cost.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Absence in Schools Survey and School Census3