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Pupil Exclusions Pupil Referral Units

Education and Skills written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) special educational needs but no statement were (i) permanently excluded and (ii) given a fixed period exclusion from pupil referral units in each year between 1997 and 2006.

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.

The first year for which information on exclusions from pupil referral units is available relates to the 2003/04 academic year. Data on exclusions from pupil referral units were collected retrospectively via the Termly Exclusions Survey. Exclusions data for 2004/05 academic year were published in June 2006.

The Termly Exclusions Survey has now discontinued so data on exclusions from pupil referral units in 2005/06 are not available.

Pupil referral units: number and percentage of permanent and fixed period exclusions by special educational needs (SEN) 2003/04 and 2004/05, England
Number of exclusions( 1)
Permanent exclusions Fixed period exclusions
2003/04 2004/05 2003/04 2004/05
Number( 2) Percentage( 3) Number( 2) Percentage( 3) Number( 2) Percentage( 3) Number( 2) Percentage( 3)
Pupils with statements of SEN 10 0.26 10 0.4 1,170 50.87 1,640 72.56
Pupils with SEN without statements 10 0.17 20 0.26 2,790 43.33 3,850 58.92
Pupils with no identified SEN 20 0.4 20 0.26 1,820 42.35 2,140 37.76
Total 30 0.26 40 0.28 5,780 44.34 7,630 52.75
(1) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

(2 )Figures refer to the cases of exclusion rather than the number of pupils excluded as some pupils were excluded more than once during the year.

(3) The number of exclusions expressed as a percentage of the school population (includes solely registered pupils and pupils with other providers) supported at same stage of SEN. School population data are as at January.


Termly Exclusions Survey and School Census

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