Absence from schools by pupils in England

Given the relationship between risky behaviour and truancy from school the latest data on absences from the DfE should be good news.  The key points from the latest release are:

  • The overall absence rate decreased, from 5.8 per cent in 2010/11 to 5.1 per cent in 2011/12, continuing the recent downward trend.
  • The percentage of pupil enrolments classed as persistent absentees decreased, from 6.1 per cent in 2010/11 to 5.2 per cent in 2011/12, continuing the recent downward trend.

via Absence in schools, England, including pupil characteristics – Data, research and statistics.

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