Excluded Children

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many black (a) male and (b) female pupils were excluded (i) temporarily and (ii) permanently from a maintained secondary school in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The available information is given in the table.

Maintained secondary schools: Number of exclusions by black ethnic origin and gender( 1 ) 2000-01 to 2004-05, England
Maintained secondary schools, pupils of black ethnic origin ( 2, 3)
Permanent exclusions( 1) Fixed period exclusions
Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total
2000-01 490 150 640 " " "
2001-02(4) 370 140 510 " " "
2002-03(4) 370 110 470 " " "
2003-04(4) 430 120 550 9,780 4,140 13,920
2004-05(4) 390 110 490 11,380 4,530 15,920
(1) The number of permanent exclusions are known to have been under-reported by schools in each year since 2000-01. The numbers shown here for permanent exclusions are as reported by schools. The data are unconfirmed and known to be incomplete.

(2) Includes pupils aged 5 and over.

(3) Includes pupils of Black Caribbean, Black African and Black Other ethnic origin.

(4) A new ethnic coding framework was introduced in the 2002 and 2003 Census'. The new ethnic coding frameworks included a new category for pupils of Mixed ethnic origin. In 2001-02 and 2002-03 both the old and the new ethnic codesets were used. This could have caused some disruption to timeseries data.

.. Not available, 2003-04 is the first full year for which fixed period exclusions data are available Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.

Source: Schools' Census and Termly Exclusions Survey

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