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Absenteeism from secondary schools

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  • Release date: 10 September 2013
  • Period covered: 2012/13
  • Next update: 10 September 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

  • 7.4 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through authorised and unauthorised absence, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from 2011/12.
  • 1.3 per cent of half-day sessions were missed through unauthorised absence, a small decrease from 2011/12.
  • The proportion of pupils absent for 20.5 days or more fell from 16.3 per cent in 2011/12 to 14.4 per cent. The percentage of pupils with no absence increased to 5.8 per cent.
  • Illness accounted for almost 60 per cent of absent sessions from maintained secondary schools.


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