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Pupil attendance

Attendance data for all grant-aided primary, post-primary and special schools was collected for the first time at pupil level in the school census in October 2008.

More information on the attendance data collection exercise can be accessed here.

The data is analysed to produce overall attendance figures for each academic year, including information on the levels of absence, type of absence and reason for absence. The reports also contain more detailed statistics by school sector, including absence by ELB and management type as well as pupil characteristics, such as gender and ethnicity.

Attendance and absence rates, both authorised and unauthorised, for each school in Northern Ireland are also produced, where available.

The statistics for each year can be accessed below:








Statistics and Research Branch are interested in your experience and suggestions in terms of attendance data in order to improve the service we provide to our users. Please take a few minutes to complete the short questionnaire below and submit as instructed.

Attendance Statistical data users Questionnaire (Word 21kb)