Academic Year 2018/19

Permanent exclusions and suspensions in England

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  1. Average number of fixed period exclusions per excluded pupil file - variable name average_days_fixed corrected to average_number_fixed

  2. Underlying data file covering average days lost added, Link to Timpson review of school exclusions added to pupil characteristics section

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

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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