School Exclusions

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School Exclusions

Parents of 14 and 15 year olds sometimes contact me because they are considering taking their child out of school to avoid the stigma of a permanent exclusion. By the time parents contact me it’s often too late to change what is happening in school. My hope is that by putting the information here, home education will be something parents actually choose rather than being pushed.

In 2013/14 there were on average around 26 permanent exclusions per day. 81% of permanent exclusions occurred in secondary schools and 78% of fixed period exclusions occur in secondary schools. Longer FPEs are more prevalent in secondary schools. (Link)

In 2013-14 there were 7,698,310 pupils in state-funded schools. Link including more than 2.4 million pupils being taught in 3,827 academies and free schools. Link. January 2014 school census By January 2014 57% of state-funded secondary schools were academies (including as academies free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools). 77% of academy pupils are at secondary level. There were just over 100,000 children and young people in 1,023 special schools representing just over 1% of the school population. The Government has permitted special academies since 2011 and the last figures from November 2014 show 110 special academies. (In other words, around 10% of special schools are special academies).


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  1. the last figures from November 2014 http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06233