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Absenteeism from primary schools

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  • Release date: 1 December 2015
  • Period covered: 2005/06 to 2014/15
  • Next update: 15 December 2016
An annual report showing data on authorised and unauthorised absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age, including information on school type, gender, free school meal eligibility and length of absence.

Key points

  • In 2014/15, 5.1 per cent of half day sessions were missed due to overall absence and 1.0 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through unauthorised absence.
  • In general, overall absence has been falling since 2005/06.  In 2012/13 overall absenteeism rose slightly, but in 2013/14 it fell again, and continued to fall in 2014/15.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees in primary schools continued to fall in 2014/15.  It is the lowest it has been in eight years.
  • The continued decrease in agreed family holidays contributed to the decrease in overall absence from mainstream primary schools in 2014/15.


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