Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

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Data set details

Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Authorised absence rate
  • Number of authorised absence sessions
  • Number of authorised holiday sessions
Time period
2013/14 to 2016/17

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic year201617NationalE92000001EnglandPupil Referral Unit34940175777127826377521488865114888733.919.214.82968073.93390065809420562636622627759.1042859286201468448155284796910464132244611323562600804
Academic year201617RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastPupil Referral Unit191975449222162077796108246736.117.718.4158580.11982541192258559509.70734741879610966282276212246782467162077
Academic year201617RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestPupil Referral Unit506550140583149033424809424224034.917.617.2489574.7598381119532938415381412.21981139455238589256886292113006361228858467447
Academic year201617RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberPupil Referral Unit37354077448022802210712412089829.413.815.6244569.1341195515328732113982.911456207107110250419181150711405120898228008
Academic year201617RegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsPupil Referral Unit223380382264102007550724693526.714.412.3240571.212692210072267938339.3949251104697911032379430902394681193790

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 27 variables
Variable nameVariable description
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
enrolments_pa_10_exactNumber of persistent absentees
enrolments_pa_10_exact_percentPercentage of persistent absentees
num_schoolsNumber of schools
sess_auth_appointmentsNumber of medical appointments sessions


  1. Absence rates are the number of absence sessions expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
  2. Pupil enrolments missing 10 percent or more of their own possible sessions (due to authorised or unauthorised absence) are classified as persistent absentees.
  3. x - 1 or 2 enrolments, or a percentage based on 1 or 2 enrolments.
  4. 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).
  5. Includes all schools with at least six enrolments who reported absence information via the school census for the associated academic year.
  6. 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.
  7. The persistent absentee rate is the number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
  8. 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.

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