Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence rates for four year olds

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Overall absence for all enrolments in state-funded primary, secondary and special schools for pupils aged 4.

Data set details

Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Number of overall absence sessions
  • Number of pupil enrolments
  • Number of schools
  • School type
Time period
2012/13 to 2022/23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic yearSix half terms202122NationalE92000001EnglandState-funded secondary151852828649412282637.96746
Academic yearSix half terms202122NationalE92000001EnglandTotal16480647367223416539170701397.6405
Academic yearSix half terms201213RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000005West MidlandsSpecial635681844962288412.40352
Academic yearSix half terms201213RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000005West MidlandsState-funded primary1685728202498466715804036.32549
Academic yearSix half terms201213RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000009South WestState-funded secondary8488151043100716.66764

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 variables
Variable nameVariable description
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
num_schoolsNumber of schools
school_typeSchool type - Filter by school type
sess_overallNumber of overall absence sessions
sess_overall_percentOverall absence rate


  1. Total includes state-funded primary, secondary and special schools. Data for special schools is available from 2016/17 to present.
  2. Sessions recorded as not attending due to COVID circumstances are included as possible sessions in 2020/21 and 2021/22 only, but not as an absence within absence rates.

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