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    Pupil absence in schools in England
  2. Step 2 Select a data set or featured table

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    Absence rates by geographic level
  3. Step 3 Choose locations

    • England
  4. Step 4 Choose time period

    Time period
    2016/17 to 2021/22
  5. Step 5 Choose your filters

    • Percentage of persistent absentees (10% or more missed)
    • Percentage of severe absentees (50% or more missed)
    School type
    • Total
    • Special
    • State-funded primary
    • State-funded secondary
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    'Absence rates by geographic level' for Special, State-funded primary and State-funded secondary in England between 2016/17 and 2021/22
    Percentage of persistent absentees (10% or more missed)Total10.8%11.2%10.9%12.1%22.5%
    State-funded primary8.3%8.7%8.2%8.8%17.7%
    State-funded secondary13.5%13.9%13.7%14.8%27.7%
    Percentage of severe absentees (50% or more missed)Total0.7%0.8%0.8%1.1%1.7%
    State-funded primary0.3%0.4%0.4%0.7%0.6%
    State-funded secondary1.1%1.2%1.3%1.5%2.7%


    1. Total includes state-funded primary, secondary and special schools. Data for special schools is available from 2016/17 to present.
    2. Sessions recorded as not attending due to COVID circumstances are included as possible sessions in 2020/21 and 2021/22 only, but not as an absence within absence rates.

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