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Schools: Bullying

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students were suspended from schools following racist incidents in (a) Leicester City local education authority and (b) England in each of the last five years. (273582)

The available information on the number of fixed period exclusions (not the number of students) where the reason for exclusion is “racist abuse” is shown in the following tables. This is the only reason for exclusion that relates specifically to racism; however, racist incidents could be included in other categories, such as “physical assault against a pupil”. A pupil can be excluded more than once and these can be for different reasons.

Reasons for exclusions were recorded for the first time in 2003/04, and the most recent year available is 2006/07; information for 2007/08 is scheduled to be published in the summer. Data collected in 2003/04 and 2004/05 via the Termly Exclusions Survey did not include non-maintained special schools; data collected in 2006/07 via the School Census included both maintained and non-maintained special schools. This difference in scope and the change in collection mechanism mean that caution is needed when comparing results from the two sources. In 2005/06, data on fixed period exclusions were collected from secondary schools only.

Primary, secondary and special schools1 number and proportion of fixed period exclusions for racist abuse 2003/04 to 2006/07, England and Leicester City LA

2003/042

2004/052

Primary1

Secondary1,4

Special5

Primary1

Secondary1,4

Special5

Leicester City LA

Number of exclusions8

0

10

x

x

20

0

Proportion9

0.00

0.37

0.67

0.63

0.83

0.00

England

Number of exclusions8

280

2,220

130

330

2,940

120

Proportion9

0.67

0.77

0.83

0.76

0.89

0.73

2005/0632006/073

Primary1

Secondary1,6

Special

Primary1

Secondary1,2

Special7

Leicester City LA

Number of exclusions8

n/a

20

n/a

10

20

0

Proportion9

0.63

1.49

0.68

0.00

England

Number of exclusions8

n/a

3,400

n/a

350

3,790

230

Proportion9

n/a

0.97

n/a

0.75

1.04

1.39

‘n/a’ = not available

‘x’ = less than five

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Information on fixed period exclusions has been derived from the Termly Exclusions Survey.

3 Information on fixed period exclusions has been derived from the School Census.

4 Excludes city technology colleges and academies.

5 Includes maintained special schools only.

6 Includes city technology colleges and academies.

7 Includes both maintained and non-maintained special schools.

8 Number of fixed period exclusions where the reason for exclusion was racist abuse.

9 Number of fixed period exclusions where the reason for exclusion was racist abuse as a proportion of all fixed period exclusions by area and phase.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10,

Source:

Termly Exclusions Survey and School Census