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'Teacher absences' from 'School workforce in England'

'Teacher absences' in England between 2019/20 and 2021/22
Percentage of teachers who took sickness absencex45.367.5
Average number of days taken by each teacher who took sickness absencex8.69.3


  1. Sickness absence data collected in the November 2021 census relating to the 2020/21 academic year is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not possible to draw accurate comparisons with pre-pandemic time periods due to factors including partially limited school openings, delivery of education via virtual means in some cases, and potential differences in the recording of sickness absence. The figures relate to sickness absence only and do not include non-attendance due to, for example, isolation and shielding.
  2. Absences are reported by academic year, in arrears.

Source: School workforce in England, Teacher absences

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