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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the total number of pupils permanently excluded from (a) grant-maintained schools and (b) LEA-maintained schools in each of the last five years. [36644]

Returns made under the National exclusions reporting system showed that 2,910 pupils were permanently excluded from maintained schools between April 1990 and April 1991 and 3,833 between April 1991 and April 1992. A survey published by the Department in July showed that, in the academic year 1993–94, 8,960 pupils were permanently excluded from secondary schools, 1,230 from primary schools and 434 from special schools within the 101 LEAs that responded. Separate data for grant-maintained and LEA-maintained schools are not available centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) secondary and (b) primary school children who have been permanently excluded have received tuition (i) at home and (ii) in a pupil referral unit in each of the last five years. [35838]

Information for each of the last five years is not available centrally.A survey published by the Department in July showed that, during the autumn term 1994, 3,032 permanently excluded secondary and 212 primary pupils were attending pupil referral units, and 2,122 secondary and 338 primary pupils were receiving home tuition. These figures represent responses from 101 of the 109 LEAs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) secondary and (b) primary school children have been permanently excluded in each local education authority in each of the last five years; and if she will give the figures as a proportion of the total school roll. [35837]