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3.7m - Total school sessions missed due to authorised absence in spring term 2008.

Source: Department for Children, Schools and Families

"Magnets stick together because they are attractive." - A primary pupil confuses biology and physics.

5.7m - Total school sessions missed due to unauthorised absence in spring term 2008.

Source: Department for Children, Schools and Families

"Oh our old teacher's going to be mad when she comes back, you've taught us something." - A Year 5 girl grasps column subtraction.

6.23 - Percentage of sessions missed due to all absence in spring term 2008.

Source: Department for Children, Schools and Families.

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