National Statistics

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2008 to 2009

Exclusions from schools and exclusion appeals in England during the accademic year 2008 to 2009.

Documents

Main text: SFR22/2010

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National tables: SFR22/2010

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Local authority tables: SFR22/2010

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Underlying data: SFR22/2010

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Pre-release access list: SFR22/2010

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Detail

Reference Id: SFR22/2010

Publication Type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Underlying Statistical data

Local Authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release Date: 29 July 2010

Coverage status: Final

Publication Status: Published

It reports national trends in the number of permanent and fixed-period exclusions together with information on the characteristics of excluded pupils such as age, gender, ethnicity, free school meal eligibility and special educational needs (SEN), as well as the reasons for exclusion.

The key points from the latest release are;

  • There was an estimated 6,550 permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and all special schools in the year 2008 to 2009.
  • In the year 2008 to 2009 there were 307,840 fixed period exclusions from state funded secondary schools, 39,510 fixed period exclusions from primary schools and 15,930 fixed period exclusions from special schools.
  • The average length of a fixed period exclusion in state-funded secondary schools was 2.6 days, for primary schools the average length of a fixed-period exclusion was 2.2 days.
  • The permanent exclusion rate for boys was approximately 3.5 times higher than that for girls. The fixed period exclusion rate for boys was almost 3 times higher than that for girls.
  • Pupils with SEN (both with and without statements) are over 8 times more likely to be permanently excluded than those pupils with no SEN.
  • Children who are eligible for free school meals are around 3 times more likely to receive either a permanent or fixed period exclusion than children who are not eligible for free school meals.

Andrew Clarke - Schools Statistical Team
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schools.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk