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

Absence in special schools

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Data set details

Pupils and schools
Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Authorised absence rate
  • Number of authorised absence sessions
  • Number of authorised holiday sessions
Time period
2016/17 Autumn term to 2018/19 Autumn term

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2018Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandSpecial102310219614266769138466610837033009639.705537.595992.109542820527.59893601329152647140118789847358.2206424346510693492751515973240510121802961781365527
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastSpecial6465729289318563359807258269.218456.438262.78018172826.29337341288194464003055.127311715584512708701209967002510583556
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestSpecial164151772144913211779161140506399.873557.512662.36089411827.13316879411966824714896437.3498335901514844038259739095145147181198665
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberSpecial808371118300311344391690217539.589417.750611.83879226127.009925223913258340514555.941202479132539736691611889121651112976
2018Autumn termRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsSpecial8379771124520113734904812325310.1148.046192.06782224828.181024844813096833603921.12052366590481227768918779150723252113733

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

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