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Exclusions from School

The media focus on pupils’ behaviour has prompted me to take a look at figures produced by the DCSF on permanent and fixed term exclusion. As we know exclusion is a significant risk factor for young people’s use of drugs; research we covered back in 2007 found:

evidence that excluded children are more likely to use drugs. Around half of children excluded from school admit to using illicit drugs, compared with 15% of all children.

I’ve done what I usually do when faced with a table and turned the figures into something visual. As you can see drug and alcohol incidents play a very small overall part in the reasons schools give for excluding pupils (400 permanent and 8,180 fixed term).

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I also found the figures on the difference between permanent exclusion for boys and girls of interest.

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2 Responses

  1. […] The sample size for the survey is nearly 9,000 young people, and in last year’s survey truancy played very little part in the reasons pupils failed to take part in the survey (less than 1 % overall). As for permanent exclusion the trend in England has been down as we’ve recently explored on the blog. […]

  2. […] The sample size for the survey is nearly 9,000 young people, and in last year’s survey truancy played very little part in the reasons pupils failed to take part in the survey (less than 1 % overall). As for permanent exclusion the trend in England has been down as we’ve recently explored on the blog. […]

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