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Specialised Diplomas

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in areas in each decile of deprivation are (a) offering at least one diploma course to pupils and (b) part of a consortium offering at least one such course. [274377]

Jim Knight: We do not hold information on the decile of deprivation of consortia members.

Truancy: Havering

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the truancy rate for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London borough of Havering was in the latest period for which figures are available. [272864]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Information is collected on authorised and 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 for which reason is not yet established, and truancy. Information collected by my Department on absence is a more comprehensive measure of children's missed schooling. Our focus is on reducing all forms of absence, not just a small subset. The issue is not whether the pupil had permission to be absent; it is how much absence the pupil has.

Information on absence for Havering local authority is shown in the following table.

Primary and secondary schools( 1,2) absence rate( 3,4) 2007/08—Havering local authority

Primary( 1) Secondary( 1,2)

Authorised absence rate



Unauthorised absence rate



Overall absence rate



(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Excludes city technology colleges and academies.
(3) Includes pupils age five to 15 who were on roll for at least one session from the start of the school year up until 23 May 2008, excluding boarders.
(4) The total number of half day sessions lost to authorised/unauthorised/overall absence, as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
School Census

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