Pupils: Absenteeism

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th May 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Independent, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were absent from school in the 2018-19 academic year due to mental health problems.

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

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Department published data on absence due to illness, but not on type of illness, in table 2 of the annual “Pupil absence in schools in England” statistical release: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/pupil-absence-in-schools-in-england-2017-to-2018.​

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