Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence rates by pupil residency - IDACI and urban/rurality

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Absence information by the pupil’s residence including the level of deprivation and rurality.

Data set details

Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, Local authority district, National, Regional
  • Authorised absence rate
  • Number of authorised absence sessions
  • Number of overall absence sessions
  • IDACI band of pupil residence
  • IDACI/Rurality
  • Rurality band of pupil residence
Time period
2016/17 to 2022/23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic yearSix half terms201718Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000009South West908E06000052CornwallIDACISpecialTotal90 - 100 % least deprived137351.3404841.0723910.268100
Academic yearSix half terms201617Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000002North West350E08000001BoltonTotalSpecialTotalTotal575203024201719.93528142607.023859112.9114817730.78261
Academic yearSix half terms201718Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000003Yorkshire and The Humber370E08000016BarnsleyIDACIState-funded primaryTotal80 - 90 %69625421097583.8385663302.4900734281.34849436.17816
Academic yearSix half terms201718Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000002North West340E08000011KnowsleyIDACISpecialTotal70 - 80 %18673873710.9379667510.01781620.92015316.66667
Academic yearSix half terms201617Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000006East of England874E06000031PeterboroughRuralityState-funded secondaryRural - Hamlet F1 F2Total883087217015.5098515174.913841840.596011415.90909

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 14 variables
Variable nameVariable description
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
enrolments_pa_10_exactNumber of persistent absentees
enrolments_pa_10_exact_percentPercentage of persistent absentees
pup_idaciIDACI band of pupil residence - Filter by IDACI band of pupil residence


  1. Total includes state-funded primary, secondary and special schools. Data for special schools is available from 2016/17 to present.
  2. Sessions recorded as not attending due to COVID circumstances are included as possible sessions in 2020/21 and 2021/22 only, but not as an absence within absence rates.

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