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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any records are kept of the numbers of children who are long-term absentees from school for medical reasons; and whether the medical condition is recorded.
The available information is shown in the table.
The department collects information on the reason pupils are absent from school. Data on reasons includes illness (not medical or dental appointments) but the medical condition is not recorded. Information is collected on the total number of sessions for which a pupil is absent. It is not, however, known how many of these sessions are continuous.
Further information on absence can be found in the Statistical First Release "Pupil Absence in Schools in England, Including Pupil Characteristics: 2009-10" which can be accessed at http://www.education.gov.uk/rsqateway/DB/SFR/s000994/index.shtml.
|Maintained Primary, State-funded Secondary and Special Schools (1)(2)(3): Distribution of Enrolments by length of absence due to illness (not medical or dental appointments)|
|Maintained Primary Schools (1)||State-funded Secondary Schools (1)(2)||Special Schools (3)||Total|
|Pupil enrolments in schools during 2009-10 (4)||Percentage of absence due to illness (5)||Pupil enrolments in schools during 2009-10 (4)||Percentage of absence due to illness (5)||Pupil enrolments in schools during 2009-10(4)||Percentage of absence due to illness (5)||Pupil enrolments in schools during 2009-10 (4)||Percentage of absence due to illness (5)|
|Number of days absence due to illness:|
|0.5 to 5 days||1,726,970||51.18||28.13||1,339,695||45.65||20.90||31,165||39.53||16.29||3,097,825||48.50||24.28|
|5.5 to 10 days||679,290||20.13||32.09||643,850||21.94||28.87||13,620||17.27||20.83||1,336,755||20.93||30.29|
|10.5 to 15 days||248,070||7.35||19.58||283,710||9.67||21.14||6,745||8.55||17.17||538,520||8.43||20.34|
|15.5 to 20 days||93,030||2.76||10.30||120,185||4.10||12.53||3,390||4.30||12.11||216,605||3.39||11.46|
|20.5 to 25 days||34,730||1.03||4.95||50,200||1.71||6.73||1,805||2.29||8.29||86,735||1.36||5.90|
|more than 25 days||23,865||0.71||4.95||46,035||1.57||9.83||2,960||3.75||25.31||72,860||1.14||7.73|
Source: School Census
(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) Number of pupil enrolments in schools from start of the school year up until
(5) The number of sessions missed due to illness (not medical or dental appointments) in each band expressed as a percentage of the total number of sessions missed for this reason.
Totals may not appear to equal the sum of the component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5.