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PERMANENT EXCLUSIONS FROM SCHOOLS, ENGLAND 2000/2001 (PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES)

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This Statistical First Release provides provisional estimates of permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and s...
This Statistical First Release provides provisional estimates of permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and special schools in England in the school year 2000/01. It also contains information about exclusion and reinstatement appeals lodged in that school year.

KEY POINTS

PERMANENT EXCLUSIONS

There were an estimated 9,210 permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and special schools in 2000/01, an increase of 11 per cent from the 8,323 permanent exclusions in the previous year but a decrease of more than quarter since 1996/97.

Primary Schools

- There were an estimated 1,460 permanent exclusions from primary schools in 2000/01, an increase of 19 per cent in relation to the 1,226 permanent exclusions in the previous year and a decrease of 7 per cent since 1996/97.

- Around 3 in every ten thousand primary pupils (0.03 per cent) were excluded in 2000/01.

Secondary Schools

- There were an estimated 7,410 permanent exclusions from secondary schools in 2000/01, an increase of 10 per cent in relation to the 6,713 permanent exclusions in the previous year and a decrease of 29 per cent since 1996/97.

- Around 23 in every ten thousand secondary pupils (0.23 per cent) were excluded in 2000/01.

Special Schools

- There were an estimated 340 permanent exclusions from special schools in 2000/01, a decrease of 11 per cent in relation to the 384 permanent exclusions in the previous year and 46 per cent since 1996/97.

- Around 36 in every ten thousand pupils in special schools (0.36 per cent) were excluded in 2000/01.

PERMANENT EXCLUSIONS BY GENDER, AGE, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND ETHNIC GROUPS

Gender

- An estimated 83 per cent of permanent exclusions were of boys in 2000/01, compared to 17 of girls.

Age

- Around 61 per cent of permanent exclusions were of pupils aged 13, 14 or 15 at the start of the school year in 2000/01; 24 per cent were of pupils aged 13, 27 per cent were of pupils aged 14 and 10 per cent were of pupils aged 15.

Ethnic Group

- Around 13 in every ten thousand pupils of compulsory school age and above were excluded in 2000/2001. Rates ranged from 3 in ten thousand for Indian pupils to 38 in ten thousand for Black Caribbean pupils.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

- The permanent exclusion rate for pupils with statements of SEN, an estimated 0.3 per cent, was 3 times as high as that for pupils without statements, 0.1 per cent, in 2000/01.

EXCLUSION APPEALS

Parental appeals - all schools

- Provisional figures indicate that 1,095 appeals were lodged by parents against the permanent exclusion of their children in 2000/01; the comparable figure for the previous year was 948.

- 983 parental appeals in 2000/01 were heard by an appeal committee, the comparable figure for the previous year was 863; parental appeals heard by an appeal committee represented some 90 per cent of appeals lodged.

- 314appeals were decided in parents' favour in 2000/01, a decrease of 1 per cent in relation to the previous year; appeals decided in parents' favour represented 31.9 per cent of appeals heard by an appeal committee.

DEFINITIONAL NOTES

The permanent exclusion rate is calculated by dividing the number of permanent exclusions during the school year by the number of pupils in school (excluding dually registered pupils in special schools) in the January of the same school year.

Data on pupils by ethnic group were collected from schools for the first time in January 1997. This data was collected for pupils of compulsory school age and above, so the permanent exclusion rates for ethnicity are based only on pupils of compulsory schools age or above.

TABLES

Table 1 Number of permanent exclusions by type of school: England 1995/96 - 2000/01

Table 2 Permanent exclusions by gender, age, special educational needs and ethnic group: England 2000/01

Table 3 Summary of school exclusion and reinstatement appeals in academic years 1997/98 -2000/01

An additional table giving Government Office Region and Local Education Authority breakdowns will be available on the DfES website .

NOTES

1. Information about permanent exclusions from school is derived from the Annual Schools' Census. The Schools' Census for 2002 collected data on pupils in school in January 2002 together with data on permanent exclusions in the school year 2000/01. Data on permanent exclusions were collected for the first time via the January 1996 Annual Schools' Census and related to the school year 1994/95.

2. Information was collected on permanent exclusions from schools open at the time of the January 2002 Census. This may not account for any permanent exclusions from schools which closed between the end of the 2000/01 academic year and the date of the Annual Schools' Census 2002.

3. Because the figures for some LEAs reported on the Schools' Census are incomplete, estimates have been derived from the data reported separately by the LEAs in the Autumn Exclusion Survey.

4. Further figures will be published in the Permanent Exclusions bulletin likely to be published later in the year.

5. Special schools comprise both maintained and non-maintained special schools.

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