Data set from Suspensions and permanent exclusions in England

Permanent exclusions and suspensions - by characteristics

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Termly number and percentage of permanent exclusions and suspensions and those pupils receiving one or more suspension by pupil characteristics. Includes breakdowns by age, gender, national curriculum year, ethnicity, Free School Meals and Special Educational Needs. 

Data set details

Pupils and schools
Suspensions and permanent exclusions in England
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Headcount
  • Permanent exclusions
  • Permanent exclusions (rate)
  • Characteristic
  • School Type
Time period
2019/20 Autumn term to 2021/22 Autumn term

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Autumn term202122NationalE92000001EnglandTotalAgeAge 1066619847 0.007054959636005073 0.761485324182003432 0.51516215899700
Autumn term202122NationalE92000001EnglandState-funded primaryAgeAge 1063529646 0.007240719286004551 0.716358988565003097 0.48748929632800
Autumn term202122NationalE92000001EnglandState-funded secondaryAgeAge 10207961 0.00480861704100222 1.06751298326600140 0.67320638584300
Autumn term202122NationalE92000001EnglandState-funded specialAgeAge 10101060 0.00000000000000300 2.96853354442900195 1.92954680387800
Autumn term202122NationalE92000001EnglandTotalAgeAge 11644616135 0.0209427007700016195 2.512348436898009449 1.46583392283100

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 9 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicCharacteristic - Detail of age, gender, national curriculum year, ethnicity, fsm, SEN
one_plus_suspPupil enrolments with one or more suspension
one_plus_susp_ratePupil enrolments with one or moresuspension (rate)
perm_exclPermanent exclusions


  1. For 2019/20 and 2020/21, while suspensions and permanent exclusions were possible throughout the academic year, pandemic restrictions will have had an impact on the numbers presented and caution should be taken when comparing across years.
  2. Total pupil headcounts are only available at spring term each year. Exclusion and suspension rates by ethnicity are therefore calculated based on pupil headcounts as at spring term for the academic year. For Autumn 2021/22, the most recent headcounts available are at spring 2020/21. As a result, total headcounts by ethnicity will not sum to the same total as for other characteristics.

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