Progress on major health conditions delivery plans »We remain committed to ensuring that quality improvement remains at the centre of our approach for the future of NHS Wales.
Taking Wales Forward
The First Minister of Wales announced his new Cabinet and Ministers as the Welsh Government begins its ambitious programme to build a united, connected and sustainable Wales.
- Statement by the First Minister of Wales: Moving Wales Forward
- Dr Frank Atherton appointed Wales’ new Chief Medical Officer
- Taking Wales Forward
- Consultation on Procurement Regulation in Wales
- National Outcomes Framework for Youth Work
- Proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment
- Building Regulations Sustainability Review
- Support for foundation years
- Support for postgraduate study and part-time engineering, technology or computer science degrees
Section highlightEnvironment (Wales) Act 2016
The act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.
Assembly bills »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward.Learn more »
Section highlightWelsh taxes: a conversation
Share your thoughts on a new Taxpayers’ Charter.
Final Budget 2016-17 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2016-17 is £15bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Absenteeism from schools by pupil Characteristics
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.
- 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.
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