School Exclusions: Are more children being expelled?

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There were about 1,000 more permanent exclusions in the year 2015-16 (6,685 exclusions in all) than there were the year before, according to government statistics. That's out of a total of the roughly 8 million children attending state schools in England. It works out as eight in every 10,000 primary and secondary school pupils, up from seven in every 10,000 the previous year.

 

Almost half of all exclusions - either permanent or for a fixed period of time - are of pupils with identified special educational needs.
 
Children with special educational needs are seven times more likely than the average to be permanently excluded, although this proportion has actually slightly fallen as the total number of exclusions has risen.
 
The stats –
 
§  More than a quarter of permanent exclusions were pupils aged 14 - those just about to start their GCSE courses
§  Boys were more than three times as likely as girls to be permanently excluded
§  Pupils claiming free school meals - available to households on lower incomes - were about four times as likely to be excluded
§  Pupils receiving support for special educational needs were the most likely to be excluded (seven times as often as those without special educational needs)
§  Black Caribbean pupils were over three times more likely to be permanently excluded than the average
§  Children in the West Midlands are twice as likely to be excluded (12 in every 10,000) as children in the South East of England (six in every 10,000)
 
By far the most common reason given for permanently expelling a child is "persistent disruptive behaviour". Other less common reasons include physical and verbal abuse, bullying, racist or sexually inappropriate behaviour and drug and alcohol use.
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