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Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational need for behavioural, emotional and social difficulties received (a) a fixed-period and (b) permanent exclusion from a mainsteam school in the most recent year for which figures are available; (273642)

(2) how many and what proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational need were given (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine and (j) 10 or more fixed-period exclusions in the most recent year for which figures are available.

The requested information could only be provided at disproportionate cost. This is because the special educational needs status can change between periods of exclusion and the Department is currently working on a methodology for the analysis of this information.