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 2016/17, the overall level of absence in Lancashire-12 schools (4.3%) is lower than the England (4.7%), regional (4.7%), and the neighbouring unitary authorities rates (Blackburn with Darwen 4.7% and Blackpool 4.9%).
  • The level of persistent absenteeism in Lancashire-12 schools (9.6%), under the definition which includes pupils having an overall absence rate of 10 percent or above, was also lower than the England (10.5%), regional (10.8%) and neighbouring unitary authorities rates (Blackburn with Darwen 11.4% and Blackpool 12.%).

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

During 2016/17, there were 354 permanent exclusions and 7,474 fixed period exclusions within Lancashire-12 schools. This is an increase on the previous year (305 permanent exclusions and 6,765 fixed period exclusions). The Lancashire-12 rate for permanent exclusions has increased for the fourth consecutive year (from 0.10% in 2012/13; 0.12% in 2013/14; 0.15% in 2014/15; 0.18% in 2015/16; to 0.21% in 2016/17) and was significantly higher than the England (0.10%), regional (0.14%) and Blackburn with Darwen (0.02%) rates. The rate in Blackpool (0.22%) was similar.

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, 2016/17 (PDF 502 KB)

Children and young people in Lancashire, exclusions from school, 2016/17 (PDF 458 KB)

Page updated September 2018