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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of between five and seven years have been (a) excluded from school for a fixed period and (b) permanently excluded from school in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (275093)

Information on the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions (not pupils) is published at:

2006/07 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000793/index.shtml

2005/06 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000733/index.shtml

2004/05 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000662/index.shtml

2003/04 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000582/index.shtml

2002/03 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000535/index.shtml

2001/02 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000427/index.shtml

2000/01 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000365/index.shtml

1999/2000 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000298/ index.shtml

1998/99 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SBU/b000209/index.shtml

1997/98 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000025/index.shtml

Data on permanent exclusions are available for the full period requested.

Data on fixed period exclusions were collected for the first time in 2003/04 via the Termly Exclusions Survey. Since 2005/06 collection has been via the School Census, but in that first year was for secondary schools only. In 2006/07, collection was extended to primary and special schools.

The School Census includes non-maintained special schools, city technology colleges and academies whereas the Termly Exclusions Survey excludes them. This difference in scope and the change in collection mechanism mean that caution is needed when comparing results since 2005/06 with those prior to that.