Temporary exclusions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6431
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned that nearly one in ten of Camden's secondary school pupils are temporarily excluded in just one year?

Answer

Temporary exclusions

Temporary exclusions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am concerned that the number of pupils excluded from primary and secondary schools is rising in London, although the rate is lower than for England. This is why my Deputy Mayor Joanne McCartney presented a paper ‘Understanding school exclusions and opportunities for interventions’ at the Violence Reduction Unit Partnership Reference Group meeting in March, which I chaired. Early intervention and support for vulnerable young people both in and out of school is needed.  This has been more difficult in recent years due to cuts to school budgets, local authorities, youth services and other preventative services.

The Mayor has written to the Prime Minister calling for local authorities to be given the powers, funding and responsibilities they need over all school exclusions so that there is better co-ordination of services, and to properly fund schools so they have the resources they need to provide early intervention and support all pupils, including those with complex needs.

There were 576 pupils with one or more fixed period exclusions and 29 permanent exclusions from secondary schools in Camden in 2016-17. As a proportion of the Camden secondary school pupil population the rate of children with one or more fixed period exclusions is about 1 in 17 pupils. These figures are taken from the Department for Education 2016-17 exclusions data.