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Absenteeism from primary schools

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  • Release date: 14 December 2017
  • Period covered: 2016/17
An annual report showing data on authorised and unauthorised absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age, including information on school type, gender, free school meal eligibility and length of absence.

Key points

  • In 2016/17, 5.1 per cent of half day sessions were missed due to overall absence and 1.1 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through unauthorised absence.
  • In general, overall absence has been falling since 2006/07.  In 2012/13 overall absenteeism rose slightly, but in 2013/14 and 2014/15 it fell again. Overall absence remained the same in 2016/17 as the previous two years.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees in primary schools remained the same in 2016/17.
  • The percentage of pupils with no absence decreased in 2016/17. The percentage of pupils missing more than 20 days also decreased in 2016/17.


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