Ofsted on exclusions: The 10 areas that exclude the most pupils

Ofsted is writing to schools in regions with high exclusion rates. But which local authorities top the table?

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Northern councils dominate the list of the 10 local authorities with the highest secondary-school exclusion rates in the country.

Secondaries in the region have exclusion rates double or, in some cases, triple the national average. 

Ofsted has drawn attention to this fact: the schools’ inspectorate is this week writing to secondary headteachers in the North East and Yorkshire and Humber, to express concerns about the high rates of fixed-period exclusions in the area.

Middlesbrough tops the list: 984 of its pupils have been excluded once or more. This is equivalent to 13 per cent of its pupils: more than three times the national rate. 

Barnsley has the second-highest proportion of exclusions: 11 per cent of pupils, a total of 1,279 across the authority.

Redcar and Cleveland, Doncaster and Telford and Wrekin make up the rest of the top five.

Nationally, only 4 per cent of pupils have been excluded: a total of 135,925 across the country.

Highest exclusion rates

The 10 local authorities with the highest secondary-school fixed-period exclusion rates in England:

  • Middlesbrough: 13%
  • Barnsley: 11%
  • Redcar and Cleveland: 8%
  • Doncaster: 9%
  • Knowsley: 9%
  • North-East Lincolnshire: 8%
  • Sheffield: 8%
  • Telford and Wrekin: 8%
  • North Lincolnshire: 7%
  • Rotherham: 7%


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