Staff sickness absence data

See the latest national statistics on teacher sickness absence, and learn how you can benchmark your school's sickness absence data with that of other schools.

Last reviewed on 22 April 2024
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  1. National sickness absence statistics 
  2. Benchmark your school's data
  3. More support on staff absence

National sickness absence statistics 

Teacher sickness absence statistics2016/172017/182018/192020/212021/22
Percentage of teachers taking sickness absence54.854.454.145.367.5
Days sick per teacher*
Days sick per teacher taking sickness absence*
Number of teachers taking sickness absence 271,048269,345275,646229,774347,488
Total days sickness absence taken 2,005,3702,001,0302,070,4901,967,3903,221,640

The data is taken from the 'teacher sickness absence' section of the DfE's latest school workforce in England data and from workforce data using the create your own tables tool.

To see for yourself, go to the tool then:

  1. Choose a publication: select 'teachers and school workforce' then 'school workforce in England'
  2. Choose a data set: select 'teacher absences', then click 'create your own table'
  3. Choose locations: select 'England' (under 'national')
  4. Choose time period: select the years you're interested in from the drop-down menu
  5. Choose your filters: select all 5 filters

‘Days sick per teacher’ is the sickness absence rate averaged out across all teachers in service, irrespective of whether they took any sickness absence ‘Days sick per