Pupil Exclusions: Travellers

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th July 2022.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the factors that contribute to school exclusion rates of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

Photo of Brendan Clarke-Smith Brendan Clarke-Smith The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only.

The department has conducted several analyses into disparities in exclusion rates. The Timpson Review of School Exclusions (2019) illustrated that there is no substantial difference in permanent exclusion rates when comparing all ethnic minority children as a whole with white British children.

The Timpson Review also found that Gypsy and Roma pupils and Irish Traveller boys are more likely to be suspended than their white British peers, even when other factors are controlled for, such as poverty, special educational needs and absence. The Timpson Review noted that the impact of in and out-of-school factors will differ for each child and local context means there will be different patterns across the country.

The department’s updated Suspension and Permanent Exclusion guidance, published 13 July 2022, sets out that schools, local authorities, and local partners should work together to understand what lies behind local trends. Local leaders should use this understanding to plan and put in place additional and targeted actions based on their own context. If they identify any gaps, they should act to ensure those who work with children have the training, services and support they need to address them.

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