Part of: Education

Related to: Complex Families, Crime and Disorder Safeguarding Children and Young People, Inequalities, 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.