Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence by PLAA

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Data set details

Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Authorised absence rate
  • Number of authorised absence sessions
  • Number of authorised holiday sessions
  • School type
  • Type of Post Looked After Arrangements
Time period

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalNot declared7059170250558311811847579883013204354625944.728473.313131.4153476742010.8713161688434695454712826937099172596461653550:202394774992518207198510210941180227321744325135393335111472117183457
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalAdopted children2844010224410407146328399787473.98213.211910.7701921707.637131929424542187924271113512:133845517532375130451456240306263977958401709
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalSpecial guardianship order139204955686240366172928674384.850313.489491.36082163011.7313211050718178418427215234:98712530516996119098400740860267266637236598
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalChild arrangements order443015370238397956233277465.463743.658571.8051863014.3082836533580829834501388:2770843155573487219841958711332757683149
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotal7105960252230023711920728983570764356365254.726133.313281.4128677186010.8621962028416702395412842887131162596781673684:204997275881628262127010265362181282621845078136037735283643117904913

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
plaaType of Post Looked After Arrangements - Filter by Post Looked After Arrangements
school_typeSchool type - Filter by school type


  1. 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.
  2. The percentage of persistent absentees is the number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
  3. 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.
  4. State-funded primary schools include all primary academies, including free schools.
  5. 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).
  6. Absence rates are the number of absence sessions expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
  7. State-funded secondary schools include city technology colleges and all secondary academies, including all-through academies and free schools.
  8. Pupil enrolments missing 10 percent or more of their own possible sessions (due to authorised or unauthorised absence) are classified as persistent absentees.

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