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Absenteeism from schools by pupil Characteristics

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  • Release date: 30 March 2017
  • Period covered: 2008/09 to 2015/16
Data on absenteeism by persistent absentees and all pupils of compulsory school age (5-15) in maintained primary and secondary schools.

Key points

  • In general, unauthorised absence did not change in secondary schools in 2015/16, but it decreased for pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs or School Action Plus.
  • Illness, medical/dental appointments, family holidays, and religious observance were less common as reasons for absence among persistent absentees than all pupils.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees increased for maintained primary schools but continued to fall in maintained secondary schools.
  • Carmarthenshire had the highest percentage of persistent absentees from primary schools. Newport had the highest percentage from secondary schools.
  • Persistent absenteeism was more common among pupils eligible for free school meals or with special educational needs.
  • Overall absence rates were also higher among pupils eligible for free school meals or with special educational needs.

Further information

Data is published annually alternating between a full report and a set of Excel tables.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 4070
Email: school.stats@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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