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Schools: Crimes of Violence

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded from school for violent conduct in each local education authority in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (142147)

The available information has been placed in the Library.

The Department does not collect data on exclusions for violent conduct. We do have information on exclusions where the reason cited is ‘physical assault against an adult’ or ‘physical assault against a pupil’ and this is set out in tables which have been placed in the Library. Further information on reasons for exclusion is contained in SFR 24/2006.

Only two years of data relating to the reason for exclusion are currently available. The first year for which information on the reason for exclusion is available relates to the 2003-04 academic year. Exclusions data for 2004-05 academic year were published in June 2006. Data for the 2005-06 academic year are scheduled for publication on 26 June, 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupil-on-pupil assaults there have been in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (142148)

(2) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers and teaching assistants have been assaulted in the classroom more than once in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The number of incidents of assaults towards staff and pupils in schools is not collected centrally.

From the academic year 2003/04, information is available on the reasons for pupil exclusions. These reasons include ‘physical assault against a pupil’ and ‘physical assault against an adult’.

The tables provide a breakdown of the number of pupils who have been excluded for a fixed period or permanently from maintained primary and secondary schools for physical assault against a pupil or an adult.

Local authority level tables showing the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions by reason have been placed in the Library.

Maintained primary and secondary schools1: number and percentage of fixed period exclusions for physical assault against a pupil or an adult 2003/04 and 2004/05, England

Maintained primary

Maintained secondary

Physical assault against a pupil

Physical assault against an adult

Physical assault against a pupil

Physical assault against an adult

Number

Percentage2

Number

Percentage2

Number

Percentage2

Number

Percentage2

2003/04

10,890

26.4

5,190

12.6

55,440

19.2

8,110

2.8

2004/05

11,950

27.3

5,960

13.6

65,790

20.0

9,490

2.9

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Number of fixed period exclusions by reason expressed as a percentage of the total number of fixed period exclusions.

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10

Source:

Termly Exclusions Survey

Maintained primary and secondary schools1: number and percentage of permanent exclusions for physical assault against a pupil or an adult2 2003/04 and 2004/05, England

Maintained primary

Maintained secondary

Physical assault against a pupil

Physical assault against an adult

Physical assault against a pupil

Physical assault against an adult

Number

Percentage3

Number

Percentage3

Number

Percentage3

Number

Percentage3

2003/04

290

22.7

290

22.9

1,380

16.6

820

9.9

2004/05

250

22.6

290

26.3

1,500

18.6

900

11.1

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 The distribution of exclusions by reason has been derived from the Termly Exclusions Survey data and applied to the number of permanent exclusions as confirmed by local authorities as part of the school census checking exercise.

3 Number of permanent exclusions by reason expressed as a percentage of the total number of permanent exclusions.

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census and Termly Exclusions Survey