Recent government statistics indicate that the number and rate of permanent exclusions from state schools increased since last year (2017).
The majority of the permanent exclusions during the academic year 16/17 involved secondary school pupils. The report states that ‘over half of all permanent (57.2 per cent) and fixed period (52.6 per cent) exclusions occur in national curriculum year 9 or above’ (page 6).
The main reason given for the bulk of these exclusions was ‘persistent disruptive behavior.’ Boys were three times more likely to be permanently excluded than girls. Whilst pupils receiving special educational needs support were six times more likely to be excluded than pupils who were not recorded as receiving this support. However, a recent case may have the effect of reducing these exclusions. The statistics also reveal that African Caribbean pupils were nearly 3 times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than other ethnic groups. All in all these statistics show the need for collective action by parents to reduce the number of exclusions.