An annual report showing data on authorised and unauthorised absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age.

Statistics relate to the period September to May for the academic years 2007/08 to 2017/18. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 31 August 2017.

Key points

  • In 2017/18, 6.2% of half-day school sessions were missed due to overall absence and 1.6% of half-day school sessions were missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained secondary, special and independent schools.
  • In general, overall absence has been falling since 2007/08. In 2017/18, overall absenteeism increased by 0.3 percentage points since the previous year. Unauthorised absenteeism increased by 0.2 percentage points over 2017/18, but if you compare it with 2007/08, over nine years it has decreased by 0.2 percentage points.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees in mainstream secondary schools increased by 0.1 percentage points in 2016/17. However, it is now less than half of what it was eight years ago, showing a drop of 5.2 percentage points from 9.3 per cent in 2008/09 to 4.1% in 2017/18.
  • Illness was the most common reason for absence in 2017/18.

Reports

Absenteeism from secondary schools, September 2017 to August 2018
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Absenteeism from secondary schools, September 2017 to August 2018: Notes
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Absenteeism from secondary schools, September 2017 to August 2018: tables
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Secondary school benchmarking, September 2017 to August 2018: tables
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Contact

Stephen Hughes

Tel: 0300 025 5060

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099