Academic Year 2018/19

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England

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This publication presents statistics on permanent and fixed period exclusions within the 2018/19 academic year across state-funded schools.

The publication includes data on:

  • reasons schools report for excluding pupils
  • exclusions by different pupil characteristics
  • independent exclusion review panels
  • school level exclusions
  • exclusions from pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • exclusions for pupils with post looked after arrangements (PLAA)

The data has been collected in the school census. Data for earlier years is also included. The publication for the 2017/18 academic year can be found here

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Headline facts and figures - 2018/19

Headline facts and figures from the 2018/19 academic year

  • The rate of permanent exclusions has remained at 0.10 in 2018/19.
  • The number of permanent exclusions has decreased by 11, to 7,894 permanent exclusions in 2018/19.
  • The rate of fixed period exclusions has increased, from 5.08 to 5.36 in 2018/19. This continues an increasing trend from 2013/14.
  • The number of fixed period exclusions has increased from 410,800 to 438,300.
  • Persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for both permanent exclusions (35%) and fixed period exclusions (31%).

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