Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term

Absence by geographic level

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Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Authorised absence rate
  • Number of authorised absence sessions
  • Number of authorised holiday sessions
  • School type
Time period
2006/07 Autumn term to 2018/19 Autumn term

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded primary and secondary2012168350599568507054026624928896524113697254.208213.019961.1882473104710.695552229722424663901032733477482085533368.698210238892328604247344652061327767564304479201126414739868394
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded primary167393885774546418050201592081472167254375363.689342.694210.995123577429.206451155824811758296478148460396395846.10788210974011446086723688344106012376288186821534254419803411
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded secondary33822949285410432655201070411417485259321894.898993.453641.4453537330512.65747107389761290561384923429021689137522.59032812915221414338010776862026764380142261099592160320064983
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastState-funded primary and secondary103331761645421902209866614194476792194.620383.125031.495363930012.37343111053110187678833529641515.49905102516141246023563716453400524250086776222090082
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastState-funded primary858175079251559939814496958892855603.901452.76631.135161807310.322775712304958451613447630064.3312352846944791558351202410596811061284888979367

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 28 variables
Variable nameVariable description
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
enrolments_pa_10_exactNumber of persistent absentees
enrolments_pa_10_exact_percentPercentage of persistent absentees
num_schoolsNumber of schools
school_typeSchool type - Filter by school type


  1. Pupil enrolments missing 10 percent or more of their own possible sessions (due to authorised or unauthorised absence) are classified as persistent absentees.
  2. Absence rates are the number of absence sessions expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
  3. Includes all schools with at least six enrolments who reported absence information via the school census for the associated academic year.
  4. State-funded secondary schools include city technology colleges and all secondary academies, including all-through academies and free schools.
  5. The definition of persistent absence changed from the 2015/16 academic year - The information presented for years prior to 2015/16 has been produced using the same methodology in order to allow users to make comparisons on a consistent basis over time.
  6. State-funded primary schools include all primary academies, including free schools.
  7. The percentage of persistent absentees is the number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
  8. Number of enrolments includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged between 5 and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the academic year or are registered in more than one school).

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