Are you excluded? Ask a statistician

12th February 1999 at 00:00
The tables also include figures for temporary and permanent exclusions, although these continue to be beset by problems of interpretation.

Only six of 32 authorities, for example, say they have permanently excluded primary pupils, and just eight in secondary schools. But some refuse to enter permanent exclusions in returns, because they claim they do not allow any or do not record them separately. Some pupils are therefore excluded on "a long-term temporary basis".

Figures for temporary exclusions are equally confusing. Presented as the average number of half days for every 100 pupils, they equate to seven half days in primary and 90 in secondary.

But this does not reveal the actual number of pupils since some were excluded more than once and exclusions are of varying length. Two authorities, Edinburgh and West Lothian, refused to supply figures .

Scottish Office statistics, however, calculate that temporary exclusions in primaries amount to 81 pupils being absent for the whole of last session. The secondary figure is 680, equivalent to a medium-sized secondary.

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