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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of current pupils have received (a) a fixed period exclusion more than once and (b) a permanent exclusion, broken down by (i) pupils receiving and not receiving free school meals, (ii) gender and (iii) ethnicity. (132384)

The available information is given in the tables.

Information relating to free school meal eligibility is not collected for permanently excluded pupils.

Maintained primary, secondary and special schools1: Pupils excluded for a fixed period more than once by free school meal eligibility, gender and ethnic group

Pupils with two or more fixed period exclusions

Number

Percentage2

School meal arrangements3

Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

29,010

2.5

Other pupils

51,140

0.9

Total4

82,040

1.2

Gender

Boys

63,020

1.8

Girls

19,020

0.6

Total

82,040

1.2

Ethnic Group5:

White

67,250

1.3

White British

65,630

1.3

Irish

280

1.3

Traveller of Irish heritage

130

3.3

Gypsy/Roma

240

3.6

Any other White background

970

0.8

Mixed

3,120

1.8

White and Black Caribbean

1,680

2.7

White and Black African

280

1.6

White and Asian

280

0.8

Any other Mixed background

890

1.5

Asian

2,100

0.5

Indian

380

0.3

Pakistani

1,160

0.7

Bangladeshi

360

0.5

Any other Asian background

190

0.4

Black

4,020

1.7

Black Caribbean

2,130

2.5

Black African

1,240

1.0

Any other Black background

650

2.6

Chinese

30

0.1

Any other ethnic group

380

0.7

Unclassified6

4,930

n/a

All pupils3

81,820

1.3

n/a = Not applicable. 1 Includes middle schools as deemed. Excludes non-maintained special schools. 2 Number of fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total school population of same gender, free school meal eligibility or ethnic group. 3 Information of pupils' ethnicity and free school meal eligibility was not collected in the Termly Exclusions Survey. The ethnic and free school meal breakdown for fixed period exclusions given here was established by linking the dataset with the 2005 School Census database. No link was available for just over 2 per cent. of records. 4 Total includes 1,892 pupils for whom free school meal eligibility was unclassified. 5 Pupils of compulsory school age and above have been classified according to their ethnic group. 6 Includes those pupils for whom information on their ethnic group was not sought, refused or is missing. Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown. Source: Termly Exclusions Survey.

Maintained primary, secondary and all special schools1: Number of permanent exclusions by gender and ethnic group 2004-05 estimates2, England

Permanent exclusions

Number

Percentage3

Gender

Boys

7,490

0.19

Girls

1,940

0.05

Total

9,440

0.12

Ethnic Group4:

White

7,470

0.13

White British

7,220

0.13

Irish

50

0.21

Traveller of Irish heritage

30

0.78

Gypsy/Roma

30

0.39

Any other White background

140

0.09

Mixed

500

0.26

White and Black Caribbean

280

0.41

White and Black African

50

0.24

White and Asian

30

0.09

Any other mixed background

140

0.21

Asian

290

0.06

Indian

70

0.04

Pakistani

160

0.08

Bangladeshi

50

0.06

Any other Asian background

20

0.04

Black

670

0.26

Black Caribbean

380

0.39

Black African

190

0.14

Any other Black background

100

0.36

Chinese

10

0.02

Any other ethnic group

60

0.10

Unclassified5

380

n/a

All pupils4

9,380

0.14

n/a = Not applicable. 1 Includes middle schools as deemed. Includes non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. 2 Figures relating to permanent exclusions are estimates based on incomplete pupil level data. 3 Number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total school population of same gender or ethnic group. 4 Pupils of compulsory school age and above have been classified according to their ethnic group. 5 Includes those pupils for whom information on their ethnic group was not sought, refused or is missing. Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown. Source: School Census.