Attendance and exclusions

Attendance summary

Attendance at school is linked directly with better performance in examinations and an increased likelihood of securing employment. Some of those pupils who are absent from school have an increased likelihood of becoming involved in youth offending. They are also more likely to be involved in risk taking behaviours, such as alcohol and drug use.

Trends

  • During 2015/16, within Lancashire-12, the proportion of overall absence from school rate (4.3%) had remained stable when compared to the previous year (4.3%) and was lower than the national (4.6%), regional (4.6%), and the neighbouring unitary authorities (Blackburn with Darwen 4.6% and Blackpool 4.7%) averages.
  • The level of persistent absenteeism in Lancashire-12 schools (9.6%), under the new definition which includes pupils having an overall absence rate of 10 percent or above, was also lower than the national (10.5%), regional (10.8%) and neighbouring unitary authorities (Blackburn with Darwen 11.5% and Blackpool 12.6%) averages.

Please click here to view the Department for Education's pupil absence for recent years.  

Exclusions summary

Research has suggested that there is a direct link between being excluded from school and getting involved in crime. A Youth Justice Board survey showed that, when compared with other school children, excluded pupils were more than twice as likely to get involved in crime. Consequently, it is argued that reducing the number of exclusions can have a knock-on effect on reducing crime.

Trends

The national exclusions dataset for 2015/16 was published in July 2017. There were 305 permanent exclusions in all schools within Lancashire. This equates to an exclusion rate of 0.18% and was higher than the national (0.08%), regional (0.11%), and neighbouring unitary authorities (Blackburn with Darwen 0.01% and Blackpool 0.12%) averages. Lancashire rate had increased for the third consecutive year (0.12% 2013/14, 0.15% 2014/15)

Other attendance and exclusion facts for Lancashire-12 in 2015/16 –

  • Compared to primaries (0.08%), the proportion of permanently excluded pupils is higher in secondary schools (0.34%) within Lancashire-12.
  • The proportion of fixed-term exclusions (1.02%) within Lancashire-12 primary schools increased during 2015/16 when compared to the previous academic year (0.83%).
  • The proportion of fixed-term exclusions (4.36%) within Lancashire-12 secondary schools increased during 2015/16 when compared to previous academic year (3.58%).

Please click here to view the Department for Education's Exclusions data for recent years.  

Children and young people dashboard

The children and young people dashboard created as part of the Neighbourhood JSNA, now includes district and ward level data for KS2/ KS4/ Pupil Absence/ Exclusions/ NEET. This resource can be accessed here.

Further analysis

Children and young people in Lancashire, school attendance, 2015/16 (PDF 590 KB)

Children and young people in Lancashire, exclusions from school, 2015/16 (PDF 450 KB)

Page updated October 2017