Statistics on pupil absence are published as Pupil Absence in Schools in England: Autumn Term 2007 and Spring Term 2008 and include data from England covering absence rates and the numbers and percentages of pupil enrolments classed as persistent absentees.

The latest statistics report on the period autumn term 2007 and spring term 2008 and update those previously released on 25 October 2007.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • For primary and state funded secondary schools 6.26% of possible half days are missed due to absence.
  • 4.4% of pupil enrolments are classed as persistent absentees, typically missing 20% or more of possible half days of attendance.

Contact details

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
Telephone: 01325 735478
Email: schools.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk