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    Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn and spring terms
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    01 - Absence rates by geographic level - Autumn and Spring combined
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    2016/17 Autumn and Spring Term to 2020/21 Autumn and Spring Term
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    • Authorised absence rate
    • Overall absence rate
    • Percentage of persistent absentees
    • Unauthorised absence rate
    • Rate of sessions recorded as not attending due to COVID circumstances
    School type
    • Total
    • Special
    • State-funded primary
    • State-funded secondary
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    View latest data: Autumn and Spring Term 2021/22
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    '01 - Absence rates by geographic level - Autumn and Spring combined' for Special, State-funded primary and State-funded secondary in England between 2016/17 Autumn and Spring Term and 2020/21 Autumn and Spring Term
    2016/17 Autumn and Spring Term2017/18 Autumn and Spring Term2018/19 Autumn and Spring Term2020/21 Autumn and Spring Term
    Overall absence rateTotal4.5%4.7%4.5%4.0%
    State-funded primary4.0%4.2%3.9%3.3%
    State-funded secondary5.2%5.4%5.2%4.6%
    Authorised absence rateTotal3.5%3.6%3.3%3.0%
    State-funded primary3.1%3.2%2.9%2.5%
    State-funded secondary3.8%3.9%3.7%3.3%
    Unauthorised absence rateTotal1.1%1.2%1.2%1.0%
    State-funded primary0.9%1.0%1.0%0.8%
    State-funded secondary1.3%1.5%1.5%1.3%
    Rate of sessions recorded as not attending due to COVID circumstancesTotal:::29.4%
    State-funded primary:::26.1%
    State-funded secondary:::34.1%
    Percentage of persistent absenteesTotal10.7%11.6%10.5%10.4%
    State-funded primary8.7%9.6%8.4%8.1%
    State-funded secondary12.8%13.6%12.7%11.7%

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