Data set from School workforce in England

Teacher absences

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Full and part time teacher vacancies, temporarily filled posts in state-funded schools in England, by sector and grade. Numbers and rates.

Data set details

Teachers and school workforce
School workforce in England
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Average number of days taken by each teacher who took sickness absence
  • Average number of days taken in sickness absence by all teachers
  • Percentage of teachers who took sickness absence
Time period
2014/15 to 2021/22

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England34748867.532216409.36.3
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North East1389262.314042410.16.3
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North West4412465.84219059.66.3
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The Humber3204765.332757110.26.7
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East Midlands2954467.62878569.76.6

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
average_number_of_days_all_teachersAverage number of days taken in sickness absence by all teachers
average_number_of_days_takenAverage number of days taken by each teacher who took sickness absence
percentage_taking_absencePercentage of teachers who took sickness absence
total_number_of_days_lostTotal number of working days lost to sickness absence
total_teachers_taking_absenceTotal teachers taking sickness absence


  1. Sickness absence data collected in the November 2021 census relating to the 2020/21 academic year is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not possible to draw accurate comparisons with pre-pandemic time periods due to factors including partially limited school openings, delivery of education via virtual means in some cases, and potential differences in the recording of sickness absence. The figures relate to sickness absence only and do not include non-attendance due to, for example, isolation and shielding.
  2. Absences are reported by academic year, in arrears.
  3. To reduce burden during the pandemic, schools were not required to provide information on teacher absences for 2019/20.

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