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

Absence for 4 year olds (including special schools)

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Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Number of overall absence sessions
  • Number of pupil enrolments
  • Number of schools
  • School type
Time period
2016/17 Autumn term to 2018/19 Autumn term

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandTotal163756408278583655040661324.73706
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded primary156916280468418668639458214.68699
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded secondary15286211101480561355.09632
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandSpecial53241605483846417611.70275
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastTotal8692928541406482037224.92005

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. Only overall absence is recorded for pupils aged 4, absences are not categorised as authorised or unauthorised.
  2. Includes all schools with at least six enrolments who reported absence information via the school census for the associated academic year.
  3. State-funded secondary schools include city technology colleges and all secondary academies, including all-through academies and free schools.
  4. 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).
  5. State-funded primary schools include all primary academies, including free schools.
  6. 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.

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