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Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2017 and spring 2018

The release reports on pupil absence in primary, secondary and special schools in autumn and spring terms of the 2017 to 2018 academic year.


Main text

PDF, 476KB, 11 pages

National tables

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 263KB

Underlying data

ZIP, 23.8MB

Pre-release access



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

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

It includes information on:

  • reasons for absence
  • persistent absentees
  • pupil characteristics

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

It updates and supplements information published in the May 2018 release – ‘Pupil absence in schools in England, autumn term 2017’.

A guide on how we produce pupil absence statistics is also available.

School absence and exclusions team

Email[email protected]

Telephone: Sean Gibson 01325 340 987

Published 18 October 2018

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