Some 130,000 fewer pupils are routinely missing class under the Coalition government, according to figures from the Department for Education.
They also found:
- Overall, absence is down from 6% of sessions in 2009/10 to 5.2% of sessions in 2012/13.
- Some 7.7 million fewer school days were lost to overall absence - 49.3 million days in 2012/13 compared to 57 million days in 2009/10.
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