Data on authorised and unauthorised absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age for September 2017 to August 2018.

Key points

  • In 2017/18, 5.5% of half day sessions were missed due to overall absence and 1.3% of half-day sessions were missed through unauthorised absence.
  • In general, overall absence has been falling since 2006/07.
  • Overall absence increased in 2017/18 after remaining the same for the previous three years. Unauthorised absence increased in 2017/18 after remaining the same for the previous two years.
  • The percentage of pupils in primary schools who were persistent absentees increased in 2017/18 after remaining the same for the previous two years.
  • The percentage of pupils with no absence decreased in 2017/18. The percentage of pupils missing more than 20 days increased in 2017/18.

Reports

Absenteeism from primary schools, September 2017 to August 2018
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Absenteeism from primary schools, September 2017 to August 2018: notes
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Absenteeism from primary schools, September 2017 to August 2018: tables
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Primary school benchmarking, September 2017 to August 2018: tables
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Contact

Stephen Hughes

Tel: 0300 025 5060

Media

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