Data set from Pupil absence in schools in England

Absence by characteristic

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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
  • Authorised absence rate
  • Authorised absence rate exact
  • Number of authorised absence sessions
  • Characteristic
  • School type
Time period
2012/13 to 2016/17

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Academic yearsix half terms201617NationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalTotal6899770244021681011347528782795485306798024.73.41.374427510.823580930442637902261878111645009118.111.1762280633697200816500256208152549721805876.19031316681445821689058984730163772418215770162635030464574112633479
Academic yearsix half terms201617NationalE92000001EnglandTotalGenderGender male353057012474542775853143042763862157675684.73.41.338657010.91222299242241466313843081857158218.311.37315911073510186850755333893132593931321.1432572365279042435217453471685732794252168356551565291458088131
Academic yearsix half terms201617NationalE92000001EnglandTotalGenderGender female336919511927625335494385740031623149122344.63.41.335770510.61135793802022323912344730787850917.810.96.9306895263461822799270286922122379874555.470559302865539733688445001478039787905547906951481166054545348
Academic yearsix half terms201617NationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnic group majorEthnicity Major White Total514436518304143158709511263872507232226054.83.51.357288011.118390262433847907209532931289461418.411.474906927254135471124294633062467821401466.1455066517602863337896668778612030631400201911488032304167186379567
Academic yearsix half terms201617NationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnic group minorEthnicity Minor White British467350516677041597831939757999226203201714.73.51.250591010.816377372030144490189421821120230818.411.66.844711256495362052390432441921061254444.135344646687035751840659504161097410121432359708452016190677680312

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 35 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicCharacteristic - Filter by pupil characteristic
enrolmentsNumber of pupil enrolments
enrolments_pa_10_exactNumber of persistent absentees
enrolments_pa_10_exact_percentPercentage of persistent absentees
school_typeSchool type - Filter by school type


  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. Social Emotional and Mental Health was added as a new type of need in 2015, the previous type of need Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties has been removed although it is not expected it should be a direct replacement.
  4. x - 1 or 2 enrolments, or a percentage based on 1 or 2 enrolments.
  5. State-funded secondary schools include city technology colleges and all secondary academies, including all-through academies and free schools.
  6. 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).
  7. From 2015 SEN support replaced school action and School Action plus but some pupils remain with these provision types. Those who were formerly School Action did not provide type of need in previous years. Those who remain on school action provision are not included here but have been included within the SEN support category in other tables.
  8. 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.
  9. Minority ethnic group includes pupils who have been classified according to their ethnic group, excluding White British.
  10. 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.
  11. See "Guide to absence statistics" for more information on how absence and pupil characteristic data have been linked.
  12. The persistent absentee rate is the number of persistent absentees expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments.
  13. 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.
  14. Figures for pupils with unclassified or missing characteristics information should be interpreted with caution.
  15. In September 2014 the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provisions were introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014. This reform caused changes to SEN categories - Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans were introduced and SEN support replaces school action and school action plus but some pupils remain with these provision types in first year of transition (2014/15).
  16. State-funded primary schools include all primary academies, including free schools.

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