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Absenteeism from primary schools

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  • Release date: 18 December 2013
  • Period covered: 2012/13
  • Next update: 3 December 2014
An annual report showing data on authorised and unauthorised absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age, including information on school type, gender, free school meal eligibility and length of absence.

Key points

  • In 2012/13 6.3 per cent of half day sessions were missed due to overall absence and 0.9 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through unauthorised absence.
  • Overall and unauthorised absenteeism have been decreasing since 2009/10, but in 2012/13 the rates of overall and unauthorised absenteeism increased slightly.
  • An increase in absence due to illness caused authorised absence to rise in maintained schools in 2012/13.
  • The percentage of half-day sessions missed from maintained primary schools due to family holidays did not change between 2011/12 and 2012/13, but the proportion of holidays not authorised by the school increased, leading to an increase in unauthorised absence.

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