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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish figures showing the number of pupil exclusions in (a) the primary sector and (b) the secondary sector within each local education authority in England in each year since 1987; and what has been the percentage of excluded pupils within the general school population in each local authority area in each year.

Information on fixed term and indefinite exclusions has not been collected centrally. Information on permanent exclusions from maintained schools in England was collected by the Department over a two year period, starting with summer term 1990, under the national exclusions reporting system (NERS). The results of the survey were published on 23 April 1993 and showed that a total of 6,743 permanent exclusions had been reported with 2,910 in year one and 3,833 in year two. Exclusions in the primary phase accounted for 13 per cent. of the total in year one and 14 per cent. in year two. The information was gathered for purposes of national aggregation and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the figures by area because of assurances given as to confidentiality.