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Absenteeism from primary schools

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  • Release date: 13 December 2018
  • Period covered: 2017/18
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 2017/18, 5.5 per cent of half day sessions were missed due to overall absence and 1.3 per cent 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.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 5060
Email: school.stats@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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