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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08409: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the absence rate in schools in (a) Lothian and (b) Scotland has been in each year since 2010-11.

Answered by: John Swinney 18 April 2017

The percentage absence for Scotland and the four local authorities in Lothian is provided in the following table. There is no data available for 2011-12 or 2013-14 as attendance and absence data is now collected biannually.

Percentage absence (authorised and unauthorised)

2010-11

2012-13

2014-15

Scotland

6.8%

6.4%

6.3%

East Lothian

6.1%

5.8%

6.0%

Edinburgh, City of

7.0%

6.1%

5.9%

Midlothian

6.9%

6.7%

6.9%

West Lothian

6.2%

6.0%

6.1%