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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in each local authority area were excluded for more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35, (h) 40, (i) 45 and (j) 50 days in the last school year for which data are available; (262483)

(2) how many and what proportion of pupils in each local authority area who were eligible for free school meals were excluded for more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35, (h) 40, (i) 45 and (j) 50 days in the last school year for which data are available;

(3) how many and what proportion of primary school pupils in each local authority area were excluded for more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35, (h) 40, (i) 45 and (j) 50 days in the last school year for which data are available;

(4) how many and what proportion of secondary school pupils in each local authority area were excluded for more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35, (h) 40, (i) 45 and (j) 50 days in the last school year for which data are available.

The information available, on pupil enrolments, for 2006/07 has been placed in the House Libraries. A small proportion of pupils have more than one enrolment i.e. if they move school during the year or are registered at more than one school. The analysis is based on the duration of exclusions per enrolment.

Figures are as reported by schools.

It is possible that some permanent exclusions have been miscoded as fixed period exclusions.

I am aware that the statistics show that a number of pupils were excluded for longer than the statutory 45 day limit for fixed period exclusions in any one school year. The Department is concerned that a small number of schools that have not met their legal duties in this regard, and has written to relevant local authorities to remind them of the need to monitor and challenge schools that have acted unlawfully in this respect.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Ofsted has reported to his Department the outcome of its thematic review of how schools and local authorities are meeting their requirements to provide excluded pupils with suitable full-time education. (275995)

Ofsted published ‘Day six of exclusion: the extent and quality of provision for pupils’ on 13 May 2009. The report is available on Ofsted’s website at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-reports/Day-six-of-exclusion-the-extent-and-quality-of-provision-for-pupils