Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence for four year olds

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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 2016/17

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic year201617SchoolE92000001EnglandE13000002Outer London303E09000004Bexley69053036905133769State-funded secondarySecondary sponsor led academy01/09/2002All through165133085634.2
Academic year201516SchoolE92000001EnglandE13000002Outer London303E09000004Bexley69053036905133769State-funded secondarySecondary sponsor led academy01/09/2002All Through1953020314164.7
Academic year201415SchoolE92000001EnglandE13000002Outer London303E09000004Bexley69053036905133769State-funded secondarySecondary Sponsor Led Academy01/09/2002All through194312158132.6
Academic year201314SchoolE92000001EnglandE13000002Outer London303E09000004Bexley69053036905133769State-funded secondarySecondary sponsor led academy01/09/2002All through183266266652.5
Academic year201617SchoolE92000001EnglandE13000002Outer London307E09000009Ealing69053076905134369State-funded secondarySecondary sponsor led academy01/09/2003All through1862623616796.4

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. Absence rates are the number of absence sessions expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
  2. Only overall absence is recorded for pupils aged 4, absences are not categorised as authorised or unauthorised.
  3. x - 1 or 2 enrolments, or a percentage based on 1 or 2 enrolments.
  4. State-funded secondary schools include city technology colleges and all secondary academies, including all-through academies and free schools.
  5. Special schools include maintained special schools, non-maintained special schools and special academies. Excludes general hospital schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved for SEN pupils.
  6. Includes all schools with at least six enrolments who reported absence information via the school census for the associated academic year.
  7. There may be discrepancies between totals and the sum of constituent parts as national and regional totals and totals across school types have been rounded to the nearest 5.
  8. Includes pupils on the school roll for at least one session who are aged 4, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once (if they moved schools during the academic year or are registered at more than one school).
  9. State-funded primary schools include all primary academies, including free schools.

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