Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2015 to 2016

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.

DfE statistics – permanent and fixed-period exclusion

Data collection and analysis: CSE

We wanted to get a sense of what Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards (LSCBs) are using to measure prevalence of CSE, the amount of service activity in this area, quality of services and outcomes for children. To do this we picked ten LSCBs at random and looked at their 2015/16 annual reports and their CSE strategies. We actually picked 16 LSCBs to start with, but four don’t appear to have published their 15/16 reports, one only had the Executive Summary available and the other LSCB had a link to its report but the file was corrupt. Our ten chanced to skew towards cities and metropolitan boroughs where CSE may have become a focus earlier than in some more rural areas. Continue reading “Data collection and analysis: CSE”

Children missing education: Families’ experiences

Lankelly Chase & NCB (2017)
Published by the National Children’s Bureau

The main focus of this report is on qualitative interviews with families whose children are not in education, but it also discusses some issues which will be of interest to strategy and policy colleagues. The report authors look at the various estimates of the number of children missing education, from 10,000 to 100,000. There is a discussion of the definition Continue reading “Children missing education: Families’ experiences”