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The latest national statistics on Pupil Absence produced by the Department for Education were released on 26th May 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics AuthorityUK Statistics Authority

DfE: Neighbourhood Statistics - Small Area Pupil Absence by Pupil Characteristics in England, 2008/09

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These tables provide information for the 2008/09 academic year on institution based and pupil residency based small area pupil absence. The pupil residency based tables are broken down by gender, Free School Meal eligibility and ethnicity. These latest statistics complement the 2007/08 absence figures which were previously published on 09/07/2009.

The following data is available:
  • Pupil absence in schools referenced by location of educational institution at National, Regional, Local Authority District (LAD) and Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA) level.
  • Pupil absence in schools by gender referenced by location of pupil residence, at National, Regional, LAD, MSOA and Lower Layer Super Output Area level.
  • Pupil absence in schools by ethnic group referenced by location of pupil residence, at National, Regional, District LAD and MSOA level.
  • Pupil absence in schools by Free School Meal eligibility referenced by location of pupil residence, at National, Regional, LAD and MSOA level.
The key points from the latest release are:
  • The tables reinforce messages in previous publications about patterns of absence and the relationship between absence and pupil characteristics (gender, Free School Meal eligibility and ethnic group) at National, Regional and Local level.
  • Resident girls have higher levels of overall absence than boys. The difference in overall absence between girls and boys is largest in the South West and lowest in London.
  • Resident pupils known to be eligible for free school meals have higher levels of overall absence in every Local Authority District than those known not to be eligible for free school meals.
  • Resident Chinese pupils have the lowest levels of overall absence across all Regions.
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Additional informationPDF (Overall absence - Percentage of half days missed by Local Authority District (of Pupil Residence), 2008/09)
Additional informationPDF (Overall absence - Percentage of half days missed by Middle Layer Super Output Area (of Pupil Residence), 2008/09)
Additional informationPDF (Persistent absence - Percentage of enrolments classified as persistent absentees by Local Authority District (of Pupil Residence), 2008/09)
Additional informationPDF ( Persistent absence - Percentage of enrolments classified as persistent absentees by Middle Layer Super Output Area (of Pupil Residence), 2008/09)
Reference IDSFR12/2010
Coverage Country England
Date Released26 May 2010
Main Category Children, Education and Skills
Sub CategorySchool welfare, behaviour and attendance    Click on subcategory link to see if there is later information
TypeStatistical First Release
ContactJonathan Souppouris  jonathan.souppouris@education.gsi.gov.uk  tel: 0207 340 8043
PreRelease AccessClick here
 Publication includes individual Local Authority District informationPublication includes individual Local Authority District information

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