Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence rates by school location - IDACI and urban/rurality

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Absence information by the school location including the level of depravation and rurality. Includes where a school location may differ from administrative authority responsible for the school

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 school location
  • Rurality band of school location
  • School type
Time period
2018/19 to 2022/23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic yearSix half terms201819Local authority districtEnglandE92000001E12000008South EastE07000229WorthingE10000032West SussexState-funded secondaryTotalTotal619421814871115725.11449829573.80277286151.3117276412.33452
Academic yearSix half terms202021Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000005West Midlands333E08000028SandwellState-funded secondaryTotalTotal2232576458843989365.217662358993.085311630372.13235315414.12766
Academic yearSix half terms202021RegionalEnglandE92000001E13000002Outer LondonState-funded secondaryTotal90 - 100 % least deprived2592687967033801864.321913052943.47055748920.85136270410.42968
Academic yearSix half terms202021Local authorityEnglandE92000001E12000005West Midlands894E06000020Telford and WrekinState-funded primaryTotal20 - 30 %1691598439228083.81125165422.7641962661.047061679.87581
Academic yearSix half terms202021RegionalEnglandE92000001E12000009South WestSpecialTotal50 - 60 %12164345716301514.500515757813.2493954371.2511257447.20395

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 13 variables
Variable nameVariable description
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
enrolments_pa_10_exactNumber of persistent absentees
enrolments_pa_10_exact_percentPercentage of persistent absentees
sch_idaciIDACI band of school location - Filter by IDACI band of school location
sch_ruralityRurality band of school location - Filter by rurality band of school location


  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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