The first year for which information on persistent absentees is available relates to 2005/06 and covers secondary schools only. In 2006/07 the scope of collection also extended to primary and special schools.
Local level information on the percentage of persistent absentees in secondary schools in 2005/06 and 2006/07 has been published in Table 7.2 of the Statistical First Release: Pupil Absence in Schools in England at
School level absence data are published as part of the Achievement and Attainment Tables, which can be found at
However, the inclusion of a persistence absence rate is a new indicator that will be available in 2008 tables.
The requested information for 2005/06 and 2006/07 could be provided only at disproportionate costs.