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Schools: Absenteeism

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

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.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

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)
2009-10
England
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 Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Number of days absence due to illness:
No Absence 568,090 16.84 0.00 451,135 15.37 0.00 19,155 24.30 0.00 1,038,385 16.26 0.00
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
Total 3,374,040 100.00 100.00 2,934,805 100.00 100.00 78,840 100.00 100.00 6,387,685 100.00 100.00

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 28 May 2010. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between 5 and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the school year or are registered in more than one school).

(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.

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