§ Jacqui Smith
The Department is currently collecting information on the number of permanent exclusions in 1998–99 in maintained primary, secondary and special schools. Provisional information will be published in a Statistical First Release in May.
The latest available information on the number of pupils aged 13, 14 and 15 who were permanently excluded from schools in the London and South East Government Office Regions is shown in the following table.
Number and percentage of permanent exclusions for pupils aged 13, 14 and 15 in the Greater London and South East Government Office Regions 1997–98 Pupils by age1 Greater London South East England Age 13 Number of permanent exclusions 396 355 2,385 Percentage of school population2 0.58 0.43 0.44 Age 14 Number of permanent exclusions 523 513 3,351 Percentage of school population2 0.77 0.62 0.61 Age 15 Number of permanent exclusions 356 355 2,447 Percentage of school population2 0.55 0.44 0.46 1 Ages as at 31 August 1997 2 The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number of pupils in the age group