The Department does not collect the information requested.
However, from the 2002-03 school year, statistics on the reasons for suspension have been gathered annually from each education and library board and relate to the number of individual suspensions, not to the number of pupils suspended.
The following table details the number of suspensions1 for physical attacks on staff, in each education and library board, in the 2002-03—2004-05 school years.
1 The count of occasions is based on each incidence of suspension, where an incident is defined as a count from the first day a pupil was suspended until the last day suspended. Prior to 2004-05, the count of occasions was based on each record of suspension identified by the education and library boards, and in some instances longer periods of suspension may have had more than one record. This change is due to an improvement in the data collection systems for suspensions in the education and library boards, which has enabled better analysis of the data. As a result, the number of occasions pupils were suspended in 2004-05 has decreased from previous years. However, care should be taken when comparing the number of occasions in 2004-05 with the number of occasions in previous years.
Education and library board 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 Belfast 75 73 84 Western 99 72 49 North Eastern 91 49 51 South Eastern 64 79 57 Southern 36 47 21 NI Total 365 320 262
Education and library board
Reasons for expulsion were first collected in 2003-04. The numbers involved are relatively small and are not disaggregated between education and library boards because of the risk that a school/pupil may be identifiable.
The following table shows the total number of pupils expelled for physical attacks on staff for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years.
Number 2003-04 7 2004-05 7
The suspension and expulsions statistics for 2005-06 school year are currently being analysed by our statistics branch and will be placed on the DE website when this has been completed.