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Statistics published by the Department for Education reveal that the truancy rate has risen to 1.1% in 2010-11, up from 1% the year before.

The number of student missing school is on the rise

Statistics published by the Department for Education reveal that the truancy rate has risen to 1.1% in 2010-11, up from 1% the year before.

The official figures show that about 62,000 youngsters in primary, secondary and special schools missed sessions without permission on a typical day last year, through truancy, family holidays, illness and other reasons.

The figures show that primary-age pupils missed 0.7 per cent of sessions due to "unauthorised absence" in the 2010-11 school year, the same as the year before. Secondary school students missed 1.4 per cent of half days, also the same as 2009-10.

The statistics also show that nearly 400,000 youngsters were considered to be "persistently absent" last year because they missed at least a month of schooling.

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