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PERMANENT EXCLUSIONS FROM SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND 1996/97

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EXCLUSIONS

There were 12,700 permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and

special schools in 1996/97, an increase of 2% in relation to the

12,500 permanent exclusions in the previous year. Twelve per cent of

these permanent exclusions were of pupils permanently excluded from

primary schools, 83 per cent from secondary schools and 5 per cent

from special schools.

Primary schools

There were 1,600 permanent exclusions from primary schools in

1996/97, a similar figure to that in the previous year.

The permanent exclusion rate for primary schools was 0.04% in

1996/97.

7 per cent of primary schools reported at least one permanent

exclusion in 1996/97.

Secondary schools

There were 10,500 permanent exclusions from secondary schools in

1996/97, an increase of 1% in relation to the 10,300 permanent

exclusions in the previous year.

The permanent exclusion rate for secondary schools was 0.34% in

1996/97.

74 per cent of secondary schools reported at least one permanent

exclusion in 1996/97.

Special Schools

There were over 600 permanent exclusions from special schools in

1996/97, an increase of 21% in relation to the 500 permanent

exclusions in the previous year.

The permanent exclusion rate for special schools was 0.64% in

1996/97.

28 per cent of special schools reported at least one permanent

exclusion in 1996/97.

Gender

83 per cent of permanent exclusions were of boys in 1996/97.

66 per cent of permanent exclusions were of pupils aged 13, 14 or

15 (at the start of the school year) in 1996/97; 20 per cent were of

pupils aged 13, 27 per cent of pupils aged 14 and 18 per cent of

pupils aged 15.

Ethnic Group

The overall permanent exclusion rate was 0.19% in 1996/97; the

exclusion rates for Black Caribbean, Black African and Black Other

pupils were 0.76%, 0.30% and 0.70% respectively; the exclusion rates

for Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils were 0.05%, 0.17% and

0.09% respectively; the exclusion rate for Chinese pupils was 0.04%;

the exclusion rate for White pupils was 0.18%.

Educational Needs (SEN)

The permanent exclusion rate for pupils with statements of SEN,

1.1%, was eight times as high as that for pupils without statements,

0.14%, in 1996/97.

APPEALS

appeals - all schools

1,500 appeals were lodged by parents against permanent exclusion of

their children in 1996/97; the comparable figure for the previous

year was 1,300.

1,100 parental appeals in 1996/97 were heard by a committee, a

similar figure to the previous year; parental appeals heard by a

committee represented 78% of appeals lodged.

Around 200 appeals were decided in parents' favour in 1996/97, a

similar figure to the previous year; appeals decided in parents'

favour represented 20% of appeals heard by a committee.

appeals - County, Controlled and Special schools

Around 100 appeals were lodged by governors against permanent

exclusion of their pupils in 1996/97, the comparable figure for the

previous year was 150.

93% of governor appeals lodged in 1996/97 were heard by a

committee, compared with 89% in the previous year.

48% of governor appeals heard by a committee in 1996/97 were

decided in their favour, compared with 52% in the previous year.

NOTES

The permanent exclusion rate is derived 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

January of the school year.

1

Number Of Permanent Exclusions By Type Of School: England 1994/95 -

1996/97

2

Number Of Permanent Exclusions By Gender: England 1996/97

3

Number Of Permanent Exclusions By Age: England 1996/97

4

Number Of Permanent Exclusions Of Pupils Of Compulsory School Age

By Ethnic Group: England 1996/97

5

Number Of Permanent Exclusions By Special Educational Needs:

England 1996/97

6

Distribution Of Number Of Permanent Exclusions Over Schools By Type

of School: England 1996/97

7

Number Of Permanent Exclusions By Type of School and Local Education

Authority Area: England 1996/97

8

Number of Permanent Exclusions from maintained Primary, Secondary and

Special Schools by Ethnic Group and Local Education Authority area

1996/97

9

Appeals lodged by parents and governors against permanent exclusion

of pupils from schools: England 1994/95 - 1996/97.

NOTES

. Information about permanent exclusions from school was derived

from the annual Schools' Census. The Schools' Census for 1998 (1997)

collected data on pupils in school in January 1998 (1997) together

with data on permanent exclusions in the school year 1996/97

(1995/96). Data on permanent exclusions were collected for the first

time in January 1996.

. Data on pupils by ethnic group were collected from schools for the

first time in January 1997.

. The Statistical Press Notice, 'Minority Ethnic Pupils In

Maintained Schools By Local Education Authority Area In England -

January 1998 (Provisional)', published today, contains information on

pupils by ethnic group for primary and secondary schools.

. Data on exclusion appeals for 1994/95 to 1995/96 derive from the

Department's Survey of Exclusion Appeals and are as reported by LEAs

and GM schools. LEAs provided data for their County and Voluntary

Controlled schools and VA and SA schools. GM schools provided their

own data. The data are not quite complete because some few LEAs (one

for 1995/96) did not provide data for any of their schools and, in

addition, some few LEAs (eight for 1995/96) did not provide data for

all of their VA and SA schools. Data for 1996/97 are collected

directly from VA, SA and GM schools as part of the Department's

annual Schools' Census (Form 7).

. Special schools comprise both maintained and non-maintained

special schools.

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