Pupils: Absenteeism

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in each decile of area deprivation by (a) pupil residence and (b) school location were classified as persistent absentees in each of the last three years.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The information requested is shown in the following table for 2006/07 only. Information for previous years is not available.

Number and percentage( 1) of persistent absentees in schools( 2,3 ) by IDACI decile( 4) of pupil residence( 5 ) and school location, 2006/07
By pupil residence By school location
Number Percentage Number Percentage
0-10% most deprived areas 60,249 7.4 33,296 5.4
10-20% 46,781 6.4 32,133 5.1
20-30% 37,625 5.6 31,268 4.8
30-40% 30,003 4.7 30,644 4.5
40-50% 23,332 3.9 29,592 4.3
50-60% 19,121 3.2 28,498 4.0
60-70% 15,845 2.7 23,105 3.6
70-80% 13,321 2.3 21,544 3.4
80-90% 10,653 1.8 22,011 3.3
90-100% least deprived areas 8,510 1.5 20,863 3.2
Total 265,440 4.1 272,954 4.1
(1) Number of Persistent Absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.

(2) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(3) School coverage is maintained primary and secondary schools, maintained and non-maintained special schools, city technology colleges and academies. Excludes general hospital schools.

(4) 2004 Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index at Super Output Area level.

(5) Pupil residency figures include only those pupils with a valid postcode.

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