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Pupil Exclusions: Disadvantaged

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in each region who were subject to (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term exclusion from school were entitled to free school meals in the latest year for which figures are available. (279462)

The information available on the number of exclusions (not the number of children) for 2006/07 is shown in the table. Some pupils may be excluded more than once.

Primary, secondary and special schools1: Number and proportion of permanent and fixed period exclusions for pupils who were eligible for free school meals2, 3—2006/07

Type of exclusion

Permanent

Fixed period

Government office region

Number

Proportion3

Number

Proportion4

North East

210

49.6

7,200

39.3

North West

540

43.2

22,160

37.8

Yorkshire and the Humber

290

43.0

17,810

34.6

East Midlands

280

31.1

9,820

29.0

West Midlands

450

41.7

16,980

36.9

East of England

240

29.3

11,320

25.2

London

620

43.9

22,170

41.2

Inner London

230

48.2

9,190

48.4

Outer London

390

41.6

12,980

37.3

South East

380

27.8

19,530

25.8

South West

210

27.0

11,340

26.5

Total

3,210

37.0

138,320

32.5

1 Includes primary, state funded secondary, and maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.

2 Pupils who were eligible for free school meals at the time of the January 2007 census.

3 Number of permanent exclusions of pupils who were eligible for free school meals as a proportion of all permanent exclusions by region. Total number of exclusions includes pupils whose free school meal eligibility could not be determined.

4 Number of fixed period exclusions of pupils who were eligible for free school meals as a proportion of all fixed period exclusions by region. Total number of exclusions includes pupils whose free school meal eligibility could not be determined.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10

Source:

School Census