HC Deb 28 November 2000 vol 357 cc581-2W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pupils were excluded from schools in each of the London boroughs during the last 12 months. [139773]

Jacqui Smith

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Number of permanent exclusions by local education authority area—England 1998–99
Number of permanent exclusions1
England 10,438
London 1,782
Inner London 639
Camden 32
City of London 0
Hackney 36
Hammersmith and Fulham 48
Haringey 43
Islington 36
Kensington and Chelsea 29
Lambeth 40
Lewisham 65
Newham 54
Southwark 108
Tower Hamlets 32
Wandsworth 76
Westminster 40
Outer London 1,143
Barking and Dagenham 39
Barnet 42
Bexley 61
Brent 77
Bromley 87
Croydon 131
Ealing 74
Enfield 76
Greenwich 79
Harrow 42
Havering 41
Hillingdon 66
Hounslow 67
Kingston upon Thames 25
Merton 24
Redbridge 42
Richmond upon Thames 45
Sutton 39
Waltham Forest 86
1 Includes maintained primary, maintained secondary. maintained special and non-maintained special schools

Further information on permanent exclusions will be published at the end of November 2000 in a Statistical Bulletin, a copy of which will be placed in the Library.

We are providing £174 million next year to help schools and LEAs tackle exclusion—a third more than in 1999–2000 and 10 times more than in 1996–97. This is helping to pay for more than 1,000 on-site Learning Support Units which take disruptive pupils out of the classroom quickly, improve their behaviour and reduce the need for exclusion. Where an exclusion is necessary, provision for excluded pupils is being greatly increased. There are now 1,000 more places and 250 more teachers in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) than in 1997. The quality of PRUs is improving and by 2002 all local education authorities will be required to provide a full timetable for excluded pupils.