Autumn and Spring Term 2020/21

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn and spring terms

Data guidance



This document describes the data included in the ‘Pupil absence in schools in England: 2018/19’ National Statistics release’s underlying data files. This data is released under the terms of the Open Government License and is intended to meet at least 3 stars for Open Data. The methodology should be referenced alongside this data. It provides information on the data sources, their coverage and quality as well as explaining methodology used in producing the data. 


This release provides information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in:

  • state-funded primary schools 
  • state-funded secondary schools
  • state-funded special schools
  • pupil referral units

It includes information on: 

  • reasons for absence 
  • persistent absentees 
  • pupil characteristics 
  • absence by term 

The information is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.

File formats and conventions


This dataset has not had suppression applied. 


The following convention is used throughout the underlying data. 

‘:’ Not applicable. 

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.