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To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence was used to assess the race equality impact for black school pupils who are prevented from making appeals against their permanent school exclusions and are consequently disproportionately represented in pupil referral centres.
We do not have data on the proportion of appeals lodged, or the proportion that are successful and lead to reinstatement, for any specific ethnic group. The information available to us, and of which we took account was:
in 2008-09, there were 6,550 permanent exclusions (down from 8,130 in 2007-08, a fall of 19.4 per cent);in only 60 cases did an appeal result in the independent appeal panel ordering reinstatement; andpermanent exclusions of black pupils fell from 700 to 540, a reduction of 23 per cent.
Black pupils are still overrepresented statistically among those permanently excluded, but the gap is narrowing.