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Pupil Exclusions: Primary Education

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children between the ages of four and 11 years were (a) suspended and (b) suspended more than once from school in (i) West Chelmsford constituency, (ii) Essex and (iii) England in each of the last five years. (249980)

[holding answer 22 January2009]: Information on fixed period exclusions was collected for the first time in the school year 2003/04. However these data are not sufficiently reliable to provide the requested information.

In 2005-06 the method of data collection changed and information was collected from secondary schools only. We have consequently provided information for the school years 2004/05 and 2006/07, the only years for which comparable figures are available.

Primary, secondary and special schools1, 2, 3, pupils aged four to 11 receiving fixed period exclusions4 2006/07

Number of pupils with one episode of fixed period exclusion

As a percentage of the school population5

Number of pupils with two or more episodes of fixed period exclusion

As a percentage of the school population6

West Chelmsford

50

0.57

50

0.48

Essex

820

0.68

560

0.47

England

29,410

0.66

18,690

0.42

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes CTCs and academies.

3 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools, excludes general hospital schools.

4 Pupils aged as at 31 August 2006.

5 The number of pupils with a fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the headcount of pupils in January 2007, excluding dual registrations.

6 The number of pupils with two or more fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the headcount of pupils in January 2007, excluding dual registrations.

Source:

School census

Primary, secondary and special schools1, 2 pupils aged four to 11 receiving fixed period exclusions3 2004/05

Number of pupils with one episode of fixed period exclusion

As a percentage of the school population4

Number of pupils with two or more episodes of fixed period exclusion

As a percentage of the school population5

West Chelmsford

44

0.52

32

0.38

Essex

846

0.77

502

0.46

England

29,815

0.74

17,875

0.44

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes maintained primary, secondary and special schools.

3 Pupils aged as at 31 August 2004.

4 The number of pupils with a fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the headcount of pupils in January 2005, excluding dual registrations.

5 The number of pupils with two or more fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the headcount of pupils in January 2005, excluding dual registrations.

Source:

Termly Exclusions survey