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(b) Pupil( 1) absence rate( 2) in secondary schools( 3,6) by reason and IDACI( 4) decile of school location, 2007/08
IDACI Decile (0-10 per cent. = most deprived)
Reason of absence 0-10 10-20 20-30 30-40 40-50 50-60 60-70 70-80 80-90 90-100

Illness

3.61

3.77

3.85

3.91

3.77

3.84

3.71

3.72

3.63

3.50

Medical/dental appointments

0.42

0.40

0.43

0.43

0.41

0.44

0.43

0.42

0.41

0.43

Religious observance

0.20

0.08

0.09

0.05

0.04

0.03

0.03

0.03

0.03

0.03

Study Leave

0.07

0.07

0.15

0.18

0.20

0.18

0.22

0.21

0.26

0.31

Traveller absence

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

Agreed holiday

0.32

0.37

0.38

0.38

0.38

0.41

0.39

0.39

0.41

0.37

Agreed extended holiday

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

0.01

Excluded

0.19

0.23

0.20

0.17

0.18

0.16

0.15

0.16

0.14

0.13

Other authorised

0.71

0.76

0.65

0.57

0.56

0.52

0.54

0.51

0.51

0.51

Total authorised(5)

5.94

6.11

6.04

6.05

5.93

5.89

5.82

5.74

5.72

5.59

Holiday not agreed

0.11

0.11

0.12

0.11

0.10

0.09

0.09

0.09

0.08

0.09

Arrived late

0.06

0.08

0.08

0.08

0.07

0.07

0.08

0.09

0.06

0.08

Other unauthorised

1.39

1.35

1.21

1.01

0.86

0.72

0.80

0.72

0.67

0.63

No reason yet

0.44

0.48

0.36

0.33

0.31

0.31

0.28

0.29

0.20

0.28

Total unauthorised(5)

2.15

2.18

1.85

1.62

1.43

1.26

1.33

1.28

1.08

1.13

Total overall(5)

8.09

8.29

7.89

7.67

7.37

7.15

7.15

7.01

6.79

6.73

(1) Pupils aged between 5 and 15 at the start of the academic year. Excludes boarders.
(2) Percentage of possible sessions missed based on absence totals as reported by reason.
(3) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(4) Income Deprivation Affecting Children Indices.
(5) Includes absence returned as either authorised or unauthorised totals but not broken down by reason.
(6) Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies.
Source:
School Census (aggregate of 2007/08 Autumn, Spring and Summer terms)

It is widely recognised, as the data demonstrate, that absence rates increase in areas of high deprivation. Our aim is to reduce all forms of absence and through the National Strategies we are providing intensive support and challenge to those local authorities with high persistent absence, ensuring that all of the targeted schools in their authority are implementing agreed actions to reduce their absence rates.

Truancy: Bexley

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days of truancy were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last three years. [251018]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Information is collected on unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established and truancy. Information collected by DCSF on absence is a more comprehensive measure of children's missed schooling.

Information about pupil absence in maintained primary and secondary schools in Bexley local authority has been provided for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08. In 2005-06 the School Census started to collect attendance data at individual pupil level from secondary schools only.


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Primary and state-funded secondary schools( 1) pupil absence by type of school 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08: Bexley local authority
Primary schools( 1) State funded secondary schools( 1,2)
Percentages of half days missed( 3) Percentages of half days missed( 3)

Authorised absence Unauthorised absence Overall absence Authorised absence Unauthorised absence Overall absence

2005-06

n/a

n/a

n/a

7.15

1.52

8.66

2006-07

4.54

0.70

5.24

6.56

0.70

7.78

2007-08

4.45

0.81

5.26

5.64

0.81

6.95

n/a = Not available
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies
(3) The number of sessions missed due to authorised/unauthorised/overall absence expressed as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.

The latest available published information on absence, which includes information for local authorities, is published as SFR 03/2009 ‘Pupil Absence in Schools in England,

including Pupil Characteristics: 2007-08' at:

Truancy: Fines

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents have been fined as a result of their children not attending school in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire for each of the last five years. [269790]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Ministry of Justice collects data for England and Wales on prosecutions brought against parents under the Education Act 1996 for the offence under s444(1) of failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school; and for prosecutions under s444(1A), the aggravated offence of knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly. It is possible, because of the way courts record data that some data are collected under the more general heading of various offences under the Education Act 1996.

The information on the number of parents sentenced and given fines as sentence in the Hampshire area, which includes Southampton, is detailed in the following table. The Ministry of Justice only collects information on prosecutions based on police force regions.

The Department also collects and publishes data on penalty notices (fines) issued by local authorities in England to parents for not securing their child's regular attendance at school. The figures for Hampshire and Southampton local authorities for the last four school academic years since the data collection began are detailed in the following table.

Data are only collected on local authority basis.


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