Pupils skip school for holiday
children played truant this spring term compared with the spring term last year. Children missed 3m
unauthorised days of school last term, compared with 3.7m days of school in the same period last year.
But a hardcore group of truants - 6% of the school population - who account for more than three-quarters
of all those on unauthorised absence, are more likely to be on a family holiday than they were in the
same period last year. Some 1.2% of all absence was for family holidays not agreed by their school last
term, compared with 0.9% for the same term last year. More than 60% of all absences were for illness,
the same figure as last year.