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Schools: Knives

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 24 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been (a) temporarily and (b) permanently excluded from schools for (i) violent behaviour and (ii) carrying a knife in each of the last five years. (272968)

Reasons for exclusion were collected for the first time in 2003-04. There is no category specifically on ‘carrying a knife'. There are categories for verbal abuse/threatening behaviour and for physical assault.

The latest data available are for 2006-07; information on exclusions for 2007-08 is scheduled to be published in the summer.

Information on reasons for exclusions is published as follows:


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