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9th May 2003 at 01:00
* A pupil can be excluded for a fixed period of up to 45 days, or permanently. Most exclusions are for verbal abuse of staff

* Eighty-three per cent of 10,000 permanently excluded pupils in England, Wales and Scotland in 2001 were boys, most of them aged 13 to 15

* Twenty per cent of excluded pupils are in care; 34 per cent are from lone-parent families

* Two out of three excluded pupils never return to school - more than two million school days are lost each year as a result

* Exclusions are expensive. In 1997, the costs incurred by all services involved totalled pound;81 million. To have kept these pupils in school would have cost pound;34 million

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