I’ve done some analysis of the Department for Education’s figures around fixed term and permanent exclusions from school for drug and alcohol issues. The department have today released figures for 2010/11 and I’ve dug around in their data archive to look back to 2006/07.
The department’s analysis of the broader data is as follows:
- There were 5080 permanent exclusions from state-funded primary, state-funded secondary and all special schools in 2010/11.
- In 2010/11 there were 271,980 fixed-period exclusions from state-funded secondary schools, 37,790 fixed-period exclusions from state-funded primary schools and 14,340-fixed period exclusions from special schools.
- The average length of a fixed-period exclusion in state-funded secondary schools was 2.4 days, for state-funded primary schools the average length of a fixed-period exclusion was 2.1 days.
- The permanent exclusion rate for boys was approximately three times higher than that for girls. The fixed-period exclusion rate for boys was almost three times higher than that for girls.
- Pupils with SEN with statements are around nine times more likely to be permanently excluded than those pupils with no SEN.
- Children who are eligible for free school meals are nearly four times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion and around three times more likely to receive a fixed-period exclusion than children who are not eligible for free school meals.