Government releases statistics on school exclusions in England

New figures show that exclusions increasingly impact the most vulnerable children at a hugely disproportionate rate.
25 Jul 2019

Today the Department for Education released the latest figures on the number of fixed-term and permanent school exclusions in England. The figures show an increase in the overall number of exclusions, and show huge disparities between number of exclusions in the most and least deprived areas of England, with children being excluded at almost twice the rate in the 10% most deprived areas of England compared with the 10% least deprived, as well as a substantial increase in the proportion of young people in receipt of free school meals being excluded. We have prepared the following statement

Enver Solomon, CEO of Just for Kids Law, said:

“The government's statistics released today show that the number of exclusions in England continues to rise, and that exclusions increasingly impact the most vulnerable children at a hugely disproportionate rate, being more common in the most deprived areas, and among children who receive free school meals. This clearly shows that exclusions are routinely driven by circumstances outside a child's control. When the government fails to act to support children's mental health, provide for their special educational needs and keep youth services open where they are needed most, children are condemned to exclusion and their futures put at risk. We hope the new Education Secretary acknowledges the urgency of this situation and takes immediate action to reverse this trend and support our school's most vulnerable children.”

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