Truancy: West Midlands

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has made an assessment of truancy rates in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) Coventry, (ii) Coventry North East constituency and (iii) the West Midlands in each of the last five years; and what steps he is taking to reduce truancy rates.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 28 June 2012

The closest measure we have to assess truancy rates is the unauthorised absence rate. This includes family holidays taken during term time but not agreed by the head teacher, late arrival at school, and any absence that is not authorised.

Information on unauthorised absence from 2006/07 to 2010/11 is shown in the table.

State-funded primary and secondary schools(1, 2, 3): Unauthorised absence rates. Academic years 2006/07-2010/11 (First 2.5 terms of the academic year). England, the West Midlands region, Coventry local authority and Coventry North East parliamentary constituency
Unauthorised absence rate
  England West Midlands Coventry local authority Coventry North East parliamentary constituency
  State-funded primary schools(1, 2) State-funded secondary schools(1, 3) State-funded primary schools(1, 2) State-funded secondary schools(1, 3) State-funded primary schools(1, 2) State-funded secondary schools(1, 3) State-funded primary schools(1, 2) State-funded secondary schools(1, 3)
2006/07 0.5 1.5 0.5 1.4 0.4 1.4 0.6 1.6
2007/08 0.6 1.5 0.6 1.4 0.4 1.4 0.6 1.7
2008/09 0.6 1.5 0.7 1.4 0.6 1.5 0.9 1.8
2009/10 0.7 1.4 0.8 1.4 0.7 1.5 1.0 1.8
2010/11 0.7 1.4 0.8 1.4 0.8 1.3 1.1 1.8
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes primary academies. (3) Includes city technology colleges and secondary academies. (4 )The number of sessions missed due to unauthorised absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions. Source: School Census

The latest data on absence, for the school year, are published as Statistical First Release 04/2012 ‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England, Including Pupil Characteristics: 2010/11' at

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001060/index.shtml

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