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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were excluded from school before they were due to sit GCSE examinations in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 2005. (268361)

Information is not available in the form requested.

The available information on the number of pupils aged 15, in secondary and special schools, who received a permanent exclusion or one or more fixed period exclusions in England, the North East and Middlesbrough local authority area is shown in the table.

Comparable figures for 2005 are not available because in 2005-06 information on fixed period exclusions was collected from secondary schools only.

Information on exclusions in the UK is not collected by the Department. Information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are available from the Welsh Assembly Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Department of Education, respectively.

To provide data at constituency level would incur disproportionate cost

Secondary and special schools1,2:Number of pupil enrolments aged 15 who received a permanent exclusion or one or more fixed period exclusions3,4: England 2006-07

Number

Middlesbrough LA

170

North East

1,790

England

39,110

1 Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies).

2 Includes maintained and non maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.

3 Pupils who were aged 15 on 31 August 2006.

4 Some pupils will have more than one enrolment and will be counted more than once, if they are registered at more than one school or moved schools during the year.

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

The Department's exclusions guidance sets out those governing bodies must review all permanent exclusions from their school, and fixed period exclusions that would result in a pupil missing a public examination. It also states that the governing body should try to meet before the date of the examination, or if exceptionally this is not practical, that the chair of governors—using his or her powers to act in an emergency—may consider the exclusion and decide whether or not to reinstate the pupil. Where a pupil is excluded, depending on the nature and seriousness of the exclusion, the governing body/management committee may exercise its discretion to allow an excluded pupil on the premises for the sole purpose of taking a public examination.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers head teachers in maintained schools have to permanently exclude pupils. (271351)

Section 52 of the Education Act 2002 gives head teachers the power to exclude pupils for a fixed period or permanently, on disciplinary grounds.

Departmental guidance sets out the procedures to be followed, and explains that the decision to exclude a pupil permanently should be taken only in response to serious breaches of the school's behaviour policy, and if allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.