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Excluded Children

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of children (a) excluded from school and (b) in local authority care who (i) become prostitutes and (ii) go into prison. (90088)

At 30 September 2005 there were 44,700 children who had been looked after continuously for at least 20 months by English local authorities. 34,800 of these children were of school age and of these 310 (or 1 per cent.) received a permanent exclusion.

Information on the number of these children who become prostitutes or go into prison is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many black (a) male and (b) female pupils were excluded (i) temporarily and (ii) permanently from a maintained secondary school in each of the last five years. (91747)

The available information is given in the table.

Maintained secondary schools: Number of exclusions by black ethnic origin and gender1 2000-01 to 2004-05, England

Maintained secondary schools, pupils of black ethnic origin 2, 3

Permanent exclusions1

Fixed period exclusions

Boys

Girls

Total

Boys

Girls

Total

2000-01

490

150

640

2001-024

370

140

510

2002-034

370

110

470

2003-044

430

120

550

9,780

4,140

13,920

2004-054

390

110

490

11,380

4,530

15,920

1 The number of permanent exclusions are known to have been under-reported by schools in each year since 2000-01. The numbers shown here for permanent exclusions are as reported by schools. The data are unconfirmed and known to be incomplete.

2 Includes pupils aged 5 and over.

3 Includes pupils of Black Caribbean, Black African and Black Other ethnic origin.

4 A new ethnic coding framework was introduced in the 2002 and 2003 Census'. The new ethnic coding frameworks included a new category for pupils of Mixed ethnic origin. In 2001-02 and 2002-03 both the old and the new ethnic codesets were used. This could have caused some disruption to timeseries data.

.. Not available, 2003-04 is the first full year for which fixed period exclusions data are available Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.

Source: Schools’ Census and Termly Exclusions Survey