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Pupils: Absenteeism

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools in which over (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15 and (d) 20 per cent. of pupils were persistent absentees had less than 30 per cent. of pupils gain five GCSEs including English and mathematics at grades A* to C in each year since 2005. (282726)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Percentage of persistent absence1 in school

Percentage

>5

>10

>15

>20

2007

Maintained2 schools

2,587

893

329

183

with fewer than 29.5 per cent. achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C, or the equivalent, including English and maths

1,194

696

313

181

2008

Maintained2 schools

2,305

634

263

143

with fewer than 29.5 per cent. achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C, or the equivalent, including English and maths

1,011

519

254

142

1 Persistent absence is defined as missing more than 63 sessions.

2 Including city technology colleges, academies and maintained special schools—all schools in the table have at least one pupil at the end of Key Stage 4.

Notes:

1. Special schools are included in the figures.

2. Data matching persistent absence to school attainment are only available from 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average absence rate from school for infant school pupils was in the last year for which figures were available. (294327)

The absence rate for primary school pupils aged five or six is shown in the table. Infant pupils attend a variety of school types. For consistency, data have been provided for all infant pupils regardless of the category of school they attend.

Absence data are collected for pupils aged five to 15 at the start of the academic year, excluding boarders.

Primary schools1, absence rate2 for infant pupils3, 4, 2007/08, England

Average absence rate2

Infant pupils3

5.74

Primary school pupils4

5.26

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Number of sessions due to overall absence as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

3 Pupils attending primary schools, aged five or six as at 31 August 2007, who will become six or seven during the academic year; excluding boarders.

4 Pupils attending primary schools, aged five to 15 as at 31 August 2007, excluding boarders.

Source:

School Census