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Pupil Exclusions: Disadvantaged

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been given a fixed period exclusion for attacks on (a) pupils and (b) teachers in (i) National Challenge schools and (ii) schools in each decile of area deprivation in each of the last three years. (268486)

The readily available information relates to the number of fixed period exclusions (not the number of pupils) from schools in each decile of area deprivation, where the reason for exclusion was physical assault on a pupil or physical assault on an adult (including, but not only, teachers), and is shown in the table.

In 2005/06, data on fixed period exclusions were collected from secondary schools only; therefore, the data is not comparable to other years and has not been provided.

In 2004/05 data were collected via the Termly Exclusions Survey. In 2006/07 data were collected via the School Census for 2006/07. Caution is needed when comparing results from the two sources, which have some differences in scope.

The National Challenge programme was launched on 10 June 2008; schools are being supported under the National Challenge to raise pupil attainment—each according to specific local need, including any problems of exclusion. The latest available data on exclusions is for 2006/07; there were no National Challenge schools at that time and therefore data have not been provided.

Primary, secondary and special schools—number of fixed period exclusions for physical assaults on pupils or adults1—2004/05 and 2006/07—England

2004/052,3,4

2006/075,6

IDACI band of school:

Physical assault on an adult

Physical assault on a pupil

Physical assault on an adult

Physical assault on a pupil

0-10

2,630

8,220

2,940

8,900

10-20

2,570

9,010

2,440

8,370

20-30

2,440

10,500

2,370

9,920

30-40

2,070

9,200

2,040

8,250

40-50

2,010

8,950

1,970

9,090

50-60

1,360

6,820

1,480

7,240

60-70

1,490

8,200

1,620

7,800

70-80

1,420

7,370

1,420

7,760

80-90

1,290

6,680

1,250

6,500

90-100

1,190

5,720

1,060

5,350

Total7

18,490

80,700

18,590

79,180

1 Number of fixed period exclusions where the reason for exclusion was physical assault on a pupil or physical assault on an adult.

2 Excludes city technology colleges and academies.

3 Includes maintained special schools only.

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

5 Includes both maintained and non-maintained special schools, and city technology colleges and academies.

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

7 Totals for 2004/05 include 73 exclusions where the IDACI band of the school could not be determined.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Termly Exclusions Survey and School Census.