Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1142W, on truancy, how many pupils have had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in year (a) nine, (b) 10 and (c) 11.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The requested information is given in the table and relates to secondary schools only.

Information for the academic year 2006/07 was published on 26 February 2008.

All secondary schools( 1) : absence in national curriculum year groups 9, 10 and 11: 2005/06, England
Number of enrolments who missed at least one session due to( 2) Percentage of enrolments who missed at least one session due to( 2, 3)
National curriculum year group Number of pupils of compulsory school age( 4) Number of enrolments( 5) Authorised absence Unauthorised absence Overall absence Authorised absence Unauthorised absence Overall absence
9 598,760 605,640 573,250 195,290 579,150 94.7 32.2 95.6
10 601,220 606,090 572,490 232,410 579,890 94.5 38.3 95.7
11 581,300 582,600 552,780 255,680 560,880 94.9 43.9 96.3
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Includes city technology colleges and academies.

(2 )One session relates to half a school day.

(3 )The number of enrolments who had at least one session of absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments in same national curriculum year group.

(4 )Pupil numbers are as at January 2006. Includes pupils aged five to 15 with sole and dual (main) registration. Excludes boarders.

(5 )Number of pupil enrolments in schools between 1 September 2005 and 27 May 2006. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the year or are registered at more than one school).


Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.


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