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

Absence in Pupil Referral Units

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Data set details

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
Time period
2013/14 Autumn term to 2018/19 Autumn term

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001England34428711292109296646953608243038733.0858818.3521114.733772030670.72551136017222827910213843010.426283189345243558403178083888346388421433945788
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North East20174017815955442302502519231.1193916.9792214.14018126872.8735682721290100147.29791515827847456712207232602215149998
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North West5150345433251934031011159228835.5961918.6104116.98578383376.1422325137391731126506.1071155491958921621351981134130087574183466
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the Humber38304633189493531364485708328.1809910.9818217.19917198865.265921502921411200271.34531553336448127914845241019105708393531
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East Midlands19182916676845253253911986227.135315.2253411.90996121166.211045447925106970154.16191347322325553446185602481980742132

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 27 variables
Variable nameVariable description
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
enrolments_pa_10_exactNumber of persistent absentees
enrolments_pa_10_exact_percentPercentage of persistent absentees
num_prusNumber of schools
sess_auth_appointmentsNumber of medical appointments sessions


  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. 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.
  5. The percentage of persistent absentees is the number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
  6. 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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