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Absenteeism from primary schools

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  • Release date: 15 December 2016
  • Period covered: 2006/07 to 2015/16
  • Next update: 14 December 2017
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 2015/16, 5.1 per cent of half day sessions were missed due to overall absence and 1.1 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through unauthorised absence.
  • In general, overall absence has been falling since 2006/07. In 2012/13 overall absenteeism rose slightly, but in 2013/14 and 2014/15 it fell again. Overall absence remained the same in 2015/16 as the previous year.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees in primary schools increased in 2015/16.
  • The percentage of pupils with no absence continues to increase. The percentage of pupils missing more than 20 days remained the same as the previous year.


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