Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence by pupil residency

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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
  • Rurality band of pupil residence
  • School type
Time period
2016/17 to 2018/19

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalTotalTotal710595825223002371192072894.72613835707643.31328356365251.4128677186310.86219
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalState-funded primaryTotalTotal39857051436932866578914834.02882414612172.8854164302661.143433287458.2481
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalState-funded secondaryTotalTotal30140631048058779575374165.4899391946553.73974183427611.7501741248513.68535
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandTotalSpecialTotalTotal10619037308592377839010.127429148927.812928634982.314473063328.84735
Academic yearsix half terms201819NationalE92000001EnglandidaciTotal0 - 10 % most deprived952825333687679192354225.7645114405203.4285177949022.3359914901415.63918

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
pup_idaciIDACI band of pupil residence - Filter by IDACI band of pupil residence
pup_ruralityRurality band of pupil residence - Filter by rurality band of pupil residence


  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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