Exclusions Review: The implications for primary schools

Schools exclusions are on the rise and while the spotlight is on secondary schools, the issue is increasingly affecting primary education. The Timpson Review of School Exclusion has investigated the reasons behind the trend and has published its recommendations. Suzanne O’Connell considers its conclusions

Overall the number of permanent exclusions is on the up. The total number across all phases of education rose between 2013/14 and 2016/17 – from 0.06 per cent of students to 0.1 per cent.

With eight million or so pupils in the system, it means that 40 pupils a day are now being excluded. A further 2,000 receive fixed period exclusions every day. And while it remains a predominantly secondary issue, we are seeing increased use at primary level with boys particularly at risk – 89 per cent of permanent exclusions and 87 per cent of fixed term exclusions issued in primary schools were issued to boys.

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