Pupils: Absenteeism

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

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were classified as persistent absentees in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003;

(2) how many and what proportion of white British (a) boys and (b) girls who were eligible for free school meals were classified as persistent absentees in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.

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

The requested information is not available. The first year for which information is available on persistent absence and on absence by pupil characteristics is 2005/06 and relates to secondary schools only. This was extended to primary and special schools in 2006/07.

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