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Absenteeism from schools by pupil Characteristics

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  • Release date: 17 February 2016
  • Period covered: 2011/12-2014/15
Data on absenteeism by persistent absentees and all pupils of compulsory school age (5-15) in maintained primary and secondary schools.

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

Key points

  • The percentage of persistent absentees in some local authorities increased in 2014/15, but in general it has been decreasing.
  • Newport had the highest percentage of persistent absentees from primary schools in 2014/15. It has had the highest percentage since 2012/13, and was joint highest with Caerphilly in 2011/12.
  • Denbighshire had the highest percentage of persistent absentees from secondary schools in 2014/15.
  • 30.2 per cent of persistent absentees’ absence in mainstream primary schools was for unauthorised reasons in 2014/15, compared to 19.8 per cent for all pupils.
  • 42.4 per cent of persistent absentees’ absence in mainstream secondary schools was unauthorised in 2014/15, whereas 20.8 per cent of all pupils’ absence was unauthorised.
  • Illness, medical/dental appointments and family holidays were less common as reasons for absence among persistent absentees than all pupils.
  • Persistent absenteeism was more common among pupils entitled to free school meals or with special educational needs.
  • Overall absence rates were also higher among pupils entitled to free school meals or with special educational needs.

Contact

Tel: 029 2082 3599
Email: school.stats@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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