August 8, 2012

 

Physical assault and verbal abuse against adults - pupil exclusion figures released

The Department for Education has recently (25th July 2012) released figures for exclusions from schools and exclusion appeals in England during 2010/11. It reports national trends in the number of permanent and fixed-period exclusions and includes the reasons for exclusion.

In relation to violence at work the key statistics are:

The number of fixed period exclusions for physical assault against an adult is 16,790 (5.2%) and for verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against an adult 65,170 (20.1%)

The number of permanent exclusions for physical assault against an adult is 570 (11.2%) and for verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against an adult 510 (10%) 

The most common reason for exclusion was persistent disruptive behaviour, accounting for 33.7 per cent of permanent exclusions and 24.8 per cent of fixed period exclusions from all schools.

Other key points from this latest release are:

  • There were 5080 permanent exclusions from state-funded primary, state-funded secondary and all special schools in 2010/11.
  • In 2010/11 there were 271,980 fixed-period exclusions from state-funded secondary schools, 37,790 fixed-period exclusions from state-funded primary schools and 14,340-fixed period exclusions from special schools.
  • The average length of a fixed-period exclusion in state-funded secondary schools was 2.4 days, for state-funded primary schools the average length of a fixed-period exclusion was 2.1 days.
  • The permanent exclusion rate for boys was approximately three times higher than that for girls. The fixed-period exclusion rate for boys was almost three times higher than that for girls.
  • Pupils with SEN with statements are around nine times more likely to be permanently excluded than those pupils with no SEN.
  • Children who are eligible for free school meals are nearly four times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion and around three times more likely to receive a fixed-period exclusion than children who are not eligible for free school meals.

read report in full....