The short report on national performance on exclusions is worth reading as it draws out some themes around reason for exclusion, biasses by disadvantage, gender and ethnicity. It also identifies that nationally the number of both permanent and fixed-term exclusions increased in 2015/16, although for permanent exclusions the report sees the longer-term trend as downward.
Data are available at local authority level on number and rate of exclusions, school type, length of fixed-term exclusions and number per pupil, and on reason for exclusion. National data give more detail, including exclusions of children with special educational needs or who are eligible for free school meals. We recommend that LAs and LSCBs review their own performance against the published data. Please do get in touch if you would like us to carry out this work for you.
LAs may be especially interested in what the detailed data on reasons for exclusions can tell them. In some cases this can be linked to data available from the children in need census to build up a picture of local concerns; for instance, the small number of LAs where drug and alcohol use was a higher than average proportion of reasons for exclusion could be linked with data on substance misuse at CiN assessment.