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Statistics Publication Notice:Exclusions from Schools 2006/07

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Table 17: Exclusions by reason for exclusion, 2006/07 (1) (2)

The purpose of this table is to show what type of behaviour is the cause of most exclusions. It cannot be used as a proxy measure for the frequency of incidents, for the following reasons:-

  • Problems implementing changes to the survey, in a range of authorities, resulted in several thousand exclusions being reported as "other". This meant that the previous figures gave an undercount in many categories.

Implementation of the full range of categories for the whole of 2006/07 means that any change from the previous year is inflated by these additional data. It is therefore inaccurate to make year-on-year comparisons. The problem did not affect those categories marked with a *.

  • The number of exclusions is dependent on exclusion policy and local decision making, as well as the number of specific incidents.

Number

Percentage for known exclusions

Number of temporary exclusions

Number of removals from register

General or persistent disobedience*

14,333

32

14,291

42

Verbal abuse of staff*

11,601

26

11,571

30

Insolent and offensive behaviour*

7,009

16

6,981

28

Physical assault with no weapon

6,417

15

6,385

32

Fighting*

3,923

9

3,912

11

Damage to school property

1,748

4

1,739

9

Verbal abuse of pupil*

1,647

4

1,639

8

Threat of physical violence, no weapon

1,565

4

1,555

10

Refusal to attend class*

1,324

3

1,319

5

Physical assault with improvised weapon

706

2

702

4

Threat of physical violence using weapon or improvised weapon

628

1

623

5

Theft*

488

1

486

2

Substance misuse - alcohol*

332

1

331

1

Threat to school property

326

1

325

1

Substance misuse - not alcohol*

307

1

305

2

Malicious communications

302

1

300

2

Physical assault with weapon

286

1

283

3

Fire raising*

225

1

219

6

Spitting

217

-

217

-

Damage to personal property

204

-

203

1

Threat to personal property

87

-

87

-

Indecent exposure

68

-

68

-

Slander and libel (incl website)

62

-

61

1

Parental non-cooperation*

47

-

46

1

Sustained peer exclusion for the purpose for the purpose of causing significant distress

20

-

20

-

Threat of sexual violence

18

-

17

1

Extortion

10

-

10

-

Stalking

1

-

1

-

Other

4,818

10.9

4,806

12

(1) Figures are not directly comparable with 2005/06. See note above table. An exclusion with more than one circumstance given is counted under each relevant category.

(2) Data not available for 107 removals from register in Glasgow where reasons for exclusion were not specified.

* See note above table