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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of children living in a two-parent household were permanently excluded from school in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (290048)

(2) what percentage of children living in a single-parent household with their (a) mother and (b) father were permanently excluded from school in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not collect data on household background of excluded pupils. The latest available information on exclusions was recently published at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000860/index.shtml

However, we recognise the importance of parental engagement in their children’s learning and that there is a range of evidence that parental relationship breakdown, leading to conflict, has a negative impact on child outcomes. Our aim is to improve outcomes for children by preventing family breakdown where possible and by minimising the negative effects of parental separation on children’s well-being.

The Children’s Plan: Progress Report, published in December 2008, further outlined Ministers’ strategy for improving parents’ engagement in children’s learning and development through providing direct support for parents and mainstreaming parental engagement in all our policy interventions including children’s centres, 21st century schools, National and City Challenges, the workforce strategy, and parenting support programmes.