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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many fixed period exclusions there were per pupil in 2005-06. (154279)

The readily available information is given in the table.

For the 2005-06 school year, information on fixed period exclusions was collected from secondary schools only. For the 2006-07 school year this coverage will extend to primary and special schools.

Maintained primary, secondary and special schools1,2: Number of fixed period exclusions by type of school—England, 2003-04 to 2005-063

2003-043,4

2004-054

2005-065

Primary schools

Number of fixed period exclusions

41,300

43,720

n/a

Percentage of fixed period exclusions6

12

11

n/a

Percentage of school population7

0.97

1.04

n/a

Secondary schools

Number of fixed period exclusions

288,040

329,680

343,840

Percentage of fixed period exclusions6

84

85

n/a

Percentage of school population7

8.66

9.94

10.40

Special schools

Number of fixed period exclusions

15,170

16,170

n/a

Percentage of fixed period exclusions6

4

4

n/a

Percentage of school population7

17.45

18.91

n/a

All schools

Number of fixed period exclusions

344,510

389,560

n/a

Percentage of fixed period exclusions6

100

100

n/a

Percentage of school population7

4.49

5.12

n/a

n/a = not available

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes maintained special schools. Excludes non-maintained special schools.

3 In 2003-04, information on fixed period exclusions was collected for the first time.

4 Information on fixed period exclusions has been derived from Termly Exclusion Survey returns.

5 For the 2005-06 school year, information on fixed period exclusions from secondary schools was collected via the School Census for the first time (the Termly Exclusions Survey has been discontinued). For exclusions during 2006-07, information on fixed period exclusions will also be collected from primary and special schools.

6 The number of fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total number.

7 The number of fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) of all pupils (excluding dually registered pupils) in January each year.

Note:

Totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts bemuse numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Termly Exclusions Survey and School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will abolish the right of appeal to local education authorities in respect of pupils who have been permanently excluded from school; how many permanent exclusions were overturned on appeal in each year since 1996-97; and if he will make a statement. (154530)

We have no plans to abolish independent exclusion appeal panels. We back head teachers' authority where pupils' behaviour warrants exclusion and have made it clear that, in cases where pupils are very disruptive or violent, appeal panels should not normally overturn head teachers' decisions. But we believe it is right that, in a matter as important as permanent exclusion from school, parents should have a right of appeal. Without that right there would be more court cases, with increased costs to all concerned. The information on the number of appeals determined in favour of the parent/pupil since 1996-97 is set out in the following table.

Number of appeals heard

Number of appeals determined in favour of the parent/pupil

1996-97

1,130

230

1997-98

1,010

200

1998-99

960

220

1999-2000

860

320

2000-01

980

310

2001-02

1,060

260

2002-03

990

210

2003-04

1,050

220

2004-05

1,030

220

2005-06

980

240

Source:

School Exclusion Appeals Survey