Schools: Bullying

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 20th May 2009.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students were suspended from schools following racist incidents in (a) Leicester City local education authority and (b) England in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The available information on the number of fixed period exclusions (not the number of students) where the reason for exclusion is "racist abuse" is shown in the following tables. This is the only reason for exclusion that relates specifically to racism; however, racist incidents could be included in other categories, such as "physical assault against a pupil". A pupil can be excluded more than once and these can be for different reasons.

Reasons for exclusions were recorded for the first time in 2003/04, and the most recent year available is 2006/07; information for 2007/08 is scheduled to be published in the summer. Data collected in 2003/04 and 2004/05 via the Termly Exclusions Survey did not include non-maintained special schools; data collected in 2006/07 via the School Census included both maintained and non-maintained special schools. This difference in scope and the change in collection mechanism mean that caution is needed when comparing results from the two sources. In 2005/06, data on fixed period exclusions were collected from secondary schools only.

Primary, secondary and special schools1 number and proportion of fixed period exclusions for racist abuse 2003/04 to 2006/07, England and Leicester City LA
2003/04( 2) 2004/05( 2)
Primary( 1) Secondary( 1,4) Special( 5) Primary( 1) Secondary( 1,4) Special( 5)
Leicester City LA
Number of exclusions(8) 0 10 x x 20 0
Proportion(9) 0.00 0.37 0.67 0.63 0.83 0.00
England
Number of exclusions(8) 280 2,220 130 330 2,940 120
Proportion(9) 0.67 0.77 0.83 0.76 0.89 0.73
2005/06( 3) 2006/07( 3)
Primary( 1) Secondary( 1,6) Special Primary( 1) Secondary( 1,2) Special( 7)
Leicester City LA
Number of exclusions(8) n/a 20 n/a 10 20 0
Proportion(9) 0.63 1.49 0.68 0.00
England
Number of exclusions(8) n/a 3,400 n/a 350 3,790 230
Proportion(9) n/a 0.97 n/a 0.75 1.04 1.39
'n/a' = not available

'x' = less than five

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(2) Information on fixed period exclusions has been derived from the Termly Exclusions Survey.

(3) Information on fixed period exclusions has been derived from the School Census.

(4) Excludes city technology colleges and academies.

(5) Includes maintained special schools only.

(6) Includes city technology colleges and academies.

(7) Includes both maintained and non-maintained special schools.

(8) Number of fixed period exclusions where the reason for exclusion was racist abuse.

(9) Number of fixed period exclusions where the reason for exclusion was racist abuse as a proportion of all fixed period exclusions by area and phase.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10,

Source:

Termly Exclusions Survey and School Census

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