Management information provided by schools in Wales on attendance of pupils in maintained schools from 5 September 2022 to 28 April 2023.
This headline presents information on the attendance of pupils in schools during the current academic year.
All data in this headline is based on the definition of attendance that was in use and published before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The data here are not comparable with the data published during the pandemic for 2020/21 and 2021/22. For more details see the quality section below and accompanying spreadsheet.
There is a new analysis in this release showing the number of pupils by number of sessions of absence. This is in table 8.
Future publication schedule
Following the publication on the 4 May 2023 this series will be switching to a monthly publication on the first Wednesday of every month. The next publication will be on 7 June 2023.
- The average attendance for this academic year to date is 89.5%.
- The latest week is 24 to 28 April, the last week was the 17 to 21 April.
- An average of 90.2% of half-day school sessions were recorded as present for pupils aged 5 to 15 over the latest week, down from 90.6% the week before. Data for the latest week is provisional.
- An average of 5.8% of half-day school sessions were recorded as authorised absence for pupils aged 5 to 15 over the latest week, up from 5.6% the week before.
- An average of 4.0% of half-day school sessions were recorded as unauthorised absence for pupils aged 5 to 15 over the latest week, up from 3.8% the week before.
- There has been no difference in the attendance rate by gender for the academic year to date, 89.6% for boys and 89.4% for girls.
- The attendance rate by year group for the academic year to date has been highest for pupils in Years 3 and 4 (91.8%) and lowest for pupils in Year 11 (85.0%).
- The attendance rate for the academic year to date has been higher for pupils not eligible for free school meals (91.5%) than pupils who are eligible for free school meals (84.0%).
- 26.6% of pupils have been absent for 31 sessions (15.5 days) or more. There have been 139 days in the school year so far.
- The most common reason for absence for the academic year to date has been illness, with 51.0% of sessions missed being for this reason.
This data is management information extracted from school management information systems once a week. This data has not undergone the same level of quality assurance as official statistics and the data may be subject to future revisions. The figures for the latest two weeks should be treated as provisional. Earlier figures are final and are not subject to change.
All data in this headline is based on the definition of attendance that was in use and published before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The data here are not comparable with the data published during the pandemic for 2020/21 and 2021/22.
Main differences in definitions
- Data is presented as the percentage of half day sessions missed instead of the percentage of pupils absent.
- Data is for pupils of statutory school age only (aged 5 to 15) instead of data for all ages.
- Data is for pupils in primary, middle, secondary and special schools only and does not include data for nursery schools or pupil referral units.
- Code Y (partial and forced closure) is now counted as "not required to attend" rather than "absent".
Pupils who were not able to attend school due to the industrial action on Wednesday 1 February or 2 March 2023 should have been recorded in the attendance register using codes “Y” (not required to attend) or “#” (school closed to all pupils). Pupils recorded using one of these codes are not included in the calculation of attendance or absence rates and would therefore have no impact on the figures contained in this release.
All 4 nations are publishing regular data on attendance in school. We do not advise making comparisons between the nations due to differences in data collection methods, presentation and definitions.
National Statistics status
These statistics are not National Statistics and have been produced quickly in response to developing national and local events.
Datasets and interactive tools
Attendance of pupils in maintained schools: 5 September 2022 to 28 April 2023 , file type: ODS, file size: 73 KB
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