Part of: Education

Related to: Complex Families, Crime and Disorder [[Children’s Safeguarding]], Socio-economic Inequality, Special Educational Needs, Education Attainment

What does the data say?

Absence

According to the Department of Education in the financial year 2012/13 in Bath and North East Somerset, 4.37% of half days were missed by primary school pupils due to overall absence (including authorised and unauthorised absence), and 5.85% by secondary school pupils. These rates were slightly lower than those for the South West as a whole (4.74% primary) (6.10% secondary) and England (primary 4.68%) (5.89% secondary). 1

In 2012, overall and persistent absence levels in primary and secondary are both slightly lower than national levels (table 1)

 

Overall Absence

Persistent Absence

England - national (primary state-funded)

4%

3%

Local Authority (primary state-funded)

4%

2%

England - national (secondary state-funded)

6%

7%

Local Authority (secondary state-funded)

6%

6%

Table 1: Comparative absence levels in B&NES primary and secondary schools, 2011/12 2.

Exclusions

According to the Department of Education in the financial year 2012/13 in Bath and North East Somerset, 0.52% of primary school pupils (64 pupils) received a fixed period exclusion, and 5.7% of secondary school pupils (684). B&NES rates were lower than those for England (primary 0.88%) (6.8% secondary), and for primary pupils in the South West as a whole (1.09% primary), but slightly higher than the South West for secondary pupils (5.6%).  3

In the financial year 2012/13 in Bath and North East Somerset, 166 pupils (0.67%) received a fixed period exclusion due to persistent disruptive behaviour, this is a significant decrease compared to 2011/12 when there were 410 pupils (1.65%). The B&NES 2012/13 rate was also lower than that of the South West as a whole (0.81%) and England (0.85%). 4

Pupils in B&NEs who received a fixed period exclusion due to drugs/alcohol use also decreased between 2011/12 (105 pupils, 0.42%) and 2012/13 (59 pupils, 0.24%), but the 2012/13 rate was higher than in the South West as a whole (0.11%), and England (0.09%).5

In 2010/11 there were no permanent exclusions in primary schools, and 10 in secondary schools. The proportion, representing 0.8% of the school population, is lower than national and regional rates. 6.

Both education absence and exclusion are criteria of the [[Connecting Families|Complex Families]] programme.