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School Exclusions

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) permanent and (b) temporary exclusions there were in England in each year from 2000 to 2006; and how many were as a result of (i) drug taking, (ii) drug selling, (iii) violence towards other pupils, (iv) violence towards teachers, (v) vandalism of school property, (vi) theft of school property, (vii) possession of a weapon and (viii) other reasons; (116958)

(2) how many instances were reported of teachers in England being (a) verbally and (b) physically abused by (i) pupils and (ii) parents in each of the last 10 years.

The number of assaults on school staff is not collected centrally.

For the academic years 2003-04 and 2004-05 information is available on the reasons for pupil exclusions. These reasons include physical assault against an adult and verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against an adult.

Tables showing the available information about the number of pupils who have been excluded from school on either a permanent of fixed period basis including all the available reasons for exclusion have been placed in the House Library.