School absences are double pre-pandemic rate – with GCSE year group missing the most study time
- School absence rates in England this year are almost double pre-pandemic levels, with students in their GCSE year missing the most time, research has revealed.
- FFT Education Datalab used data collected from 2,000 secondary schools to compare absence up to the May half term in 2020-21 – excluding the period of school closures – with absence in all state secondary schools in 2018-19.
- Absence rates were around double the 2018-19 rates, with Year 11 pupils absent for almost 15 per cent of the time – the most of any year group.
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