A report showing data on authorised and unauthorised absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age for September 2018 to August 2019.

Key points

  • In 2018/19, 6.2% of half-day school sessions were missed due to overall absence. 1.7% of these sessions were missed due to unauthorised absence.
  • In general, overall absence has been falling since 2007/08. In 2018/19, overall absenteeism remained the same as the previous year. 
  • Unauthorised absenteeism increased by 0.1 percentage points over 2017/18, but has decreased by 0.1 percentage points from 2008/09.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees in mainstream secondary schools increased by 0.5 percentage points in 2018/19. This percentage is now at its highest level since 2013/14.  
  • Illness was the most common reason for absence in 2018/19.

Reports

Absenteeism from secondary schools, September 2018 to August 2019
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Absenteeism from secondary schools, September 2018 to August 2019: notes
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Absenteeism from secondary schools, September 2018 to August 2019: tables
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Secondary school benchmarking, September 2018 to August 2019: tables
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Contact

Stephen Hughes

Tel: 0300 025 5060

Media

Tel: 0300 025 5050