Pupils: Absenteeism

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the unauthorised absence rate was for pupils in (a) Lewes constituency and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The available information is shown in the following table.

To provide information for further years would incur disproportionate cost.

Primary, secondary and special schools( 1, 2, 3) , percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence( 4) , 1996/97 to 2007/08( 5)
Lewes constituency East Sussex
1996/97(6) 0.28 0.56
1999/2000 0.60 0.73
2003/04 0.64 0.95
2007/08 1.16 1.17
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(2) Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies).

(3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.

(4) The number of sessions missed due to unauthorised absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

(5) Figures prior to 2007/08 have been sourced from the Absence in Schools Survey. Other figures are derived from the School Census.

(6) East Sussex local authority area following local government reorganisation in April 1997.


Absence in Schools Survey and School Census(5).

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