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Primary Education

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, columns 726-27W, on primary education, how the information included in the answer was compiled. (311101)

Information included in the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, columns 726-27W, was derived from new analysis of pupil attendance data submitted as part of the School Census. Attendance records are returned for each period of time spent in a relevant school in a school year.

Previous questions on this subject have not been answered substantively because an appropriate methodology had not been developed and to do so would have incurred disproportionate cost. However, a methodology based on pupil attendance data has since been developed that can be used to answer this type of question.