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

04 - Absence for 4 year olds

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Overall absence for all enrolments in state-funded primary, secondary and special schools for pupils aged 4. 

National, Regional and Local Authority data from 2012/13. 

School data from 2016/17. Primary and secondary only before 2016/17. Collected from 2012/13.

Data set details

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
2012/13 Autumn term to 2020/21 Autumn term

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandTotal164046351267608561929928923.93358
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandTotal state-funded primary and secondary158676308307560701229348013.88165
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded primary157186227587467846328898033.86966
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded secondary1498072928549449984.84606
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandSpecial53742964786075809112.13752

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. Total includes state-funded primary and secondary schools. Does not include special schools. Available from 2006/07 to present (data for special schools is available from 2016/17 onwards).
  2. Total includes state-funded primary, secondary and special schools. Data for special schools is available from 2016/17 to present.
  3. Sessions recorded as not attending due to COVID circumstances are included as possible sessions but not as an absence within absence rates.

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