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Children in Care: Pupil Exclusions

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care were permanently excluded from school in each of the last 10 years. [195967]

Kevin Brennan: Data collected since 2000 and published in ‘Outcome Indicators for Looked After Children Twelve Months to 30 September’, show the number and percentage of children who were looked after for at least 12 months and who were permanently excluded from school. Data for England are shown in the table. Information prior to 2000 was not collected.

Number and percentage of children who are looked after continuously for at least 12 months who have been permanently excluded( 1, 2) , England
12 months ending 30 September 2000 to 2006 Number Percentage

2000

500

1.5

2001

450

1.3

2002

420

1.2

2003

380

1.1

2004

320

0.9

2005

310

0.9

2006

280

0.8

(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. (2) If a child was permanently excluded more than once in the previous year, each occasion has been counted. (3) Expressed as a percentage of the number eligible for full-time schooling. Source: OC2 Survey.

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Latest statutory guidance on exclusions advises that looked after children should be excluded from school only as a last resort and that schools in conjunction with the local authority should first consider alternative options for supporting the child or young person. Local authorities are under a duty to arrange suitable full-time education from the sixth day of exclusion for all permanently excluded children. The guidance makes clear the Government's view that for looked after children alternative provision should be arranged from the first day of exclusion.

Children: Population

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children (a) under 12, (b) under 10 and (c) under seven years were living in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and what forecast he has made of the numbers in each group living in the UK in each year to 2011, broken down by region. [176689]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 March 2008:


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Table 1: Mid-year population estimates by UK country and government office region, 1997-2006
Thousand
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

(a) Children aged 0-11

United Kingdom

9,096

9,058

9,010

8,904

8,787

8,679

8,578

8,505

8,464

8,445

England

7,583

7,561

7,531

7,450

7,356

7,271

7,192

7,136

7,107

7,096

North-east

395

388

380

373

366

359

352

345

341

338

North-West

1,085

1,073

1,059

1,041

1,023

1,004

987

972

962

956

Yorkshire and the Humber

785

779

771

759

749

738

727

720

716

712

East midlands

636

633

632

625

618

612

604

599

595

593

West midlands

843

838

831

820

808

797

786

779

776

773

East

814

816

820

815

807

801

797

794

793

792

London

1,129

1,138

1,133

1,123

1,109

1,102

1,098

1,095

1,101

1,110

South-east

1,196

1,197

1,204

1,197

1,187

1,175

1,165

1,159

1,155

1,155

South-west

700

700

701

696

690

682

677

672

669

666

Wales

448

445

441

436

431

424

418

413

408

405

Scotland

757

748

738

724

711

698

685

677

671

666

Northern Ireland

307

304

300

295

290

286

282

279

278

278

(b) Children aged 0-9

United Kingdom

7,583

7,516

7,457

7,355

7,217

7,103

7,036

6,999

6,984

6,986

England

6,332

6,282

6,239

6,158

6,045

5,956

5,906

5,880

5,871

5,877

North-east

326

319

313

306

298

290

285

281

279

278

North-west

901

886

872

855

834

814

803

795

791

789

Yorkshire and the Humber

653

645

637

625

612

601

594

591

589

587

East midlands

529

524

521

514

504

498

493

490

488

488

West midlands

701

694

687

675

661

650

645

641

641

640

East

681

678

680

675

665

658

655

654

654

654

London

959

961

955

945

931

924

922

924

932

942

South-east

1,001

997

999

991

977

963

956

953

951

954

South-west

582

578

576

571

563

557

553

550

547

546

Wales

371

367

363

358

352

345

340

337

334

332

Scotland

626

617

609

597

582

568

558

553

550

548

Northern Ireland

253

250

246

243

238

234

232

229

229

229

(c) Children aged 0-6

United Kingdom

5,258

5,179

5,107

5,027

4,935

4,871

4,831

4,807

4,810

4,840

England

4,396

4,333

4,277

4,216

4,140

4,090

4,062

4,046

4,053

4,083

North-east

224

218

211

205

200

196

193

191

190

191

North-west

619

604

588

576

563

554

548

543

543

545

Yorkshire and the Humber

451

442

433

424

416

410

405

403

403

405

East midlands

365

357

353

348

. 342

338

335

334

334

336

West midlands

484

475

467

460

451

446

443

440

441

443

East

473

469

468

464

456

451

449

448

449

451

London

686

685

678

670

660

659

659

661

670

684

South-east

695

689

687

680

669

659

655

654

653

657

South-west

399

395

393

389

384

378

375

373

371

371

Wales

255

250

246

242

239

234

231

228

226

226

Scotland

434

425

415

404

393

385

379

376

375

375

Northern Ireland

174

171

169

166

163

161

159

156

156

157

Note:
Figures may not add due to rounding.
Sources:
Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

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