Information on unauthorised absence has only been collated since 2003-04. The figures for 2005-06 have not yet been compiled, but should be available within the next few weeks.
|Incidences( 1) of unauthorised absence by education and library board, 2003-04—2004-05|
|Board||Incidences of unauthorised absence||Incidences of unauthorised absence as a percentage of all possible attendance sessions||Incidences of unauthorised absence||Incidences of unauthorised absence as a percentage of all possible attendance sessions|
|(1) A pupil's attendance status is recorded twice over the course of the day, by monitoring during the morning and afternoon session. Thus, a pupil who is absent for a full day is recorded as having two incidences of absence.|
Responsibility to ensure regular attendance at school rests primarily with parents. When a school has concerns about a pupil's attendance, a referral can be made to the Education Welfare Service (EWS). This service provides advice for schools in dealing with persistent non-attenders.