The exclusion rate among primary school pupils in Birmingham was double the national rate

The rate of exclusions among primary school pupils in Birmingham was double the national rate. There were 53 primary-aged children excluded in the 2019/20 school year – also double the number found in comparable cities.

The permanent exclusion rate in Birmingham was 0.04% of the state primary school population, compared to 0.02% in England. Central cities including Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield also had a rate of 0.02%.

The rate in Birmingham was 0.08% in 2018/19 (compared to 0.02% in England), 0.09% in 2017/8 (compared to 0.03%) and 0.08% in 2016/17 (vs. 0.03%). hundred). The exclusion rate among primary schools in Birmingham for the period was consistently higher than in central cities.

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The figures were given in a presentation to advisers of the Supervisory and Control Committee for the Education and Social Protection of Children last week. The secondary school exclusion rate was closer to the national and central city rate, with Birmingham’s rate at 0.14% in 2019/20, compared to 0.12% in England and 0.14% in the cities power stations.

In 2019/20, the exclusion rate among all students was 0.08%. Among ethnic groups, the highest rate was found in mixed groups at 0.15%, followed by black groups at 0.10%, white groups at 0.09%, and Asian groups at 0.05% .

The report to counselors says: “Birmingham mirrors the national picture of higher permanent exclusion and suspension rates for pupils of black, white and mixed ethnicity and lower rates for pupils of Asian ethnicity. In 2019/20 at Birmingham, the biggest reduction was for children of black ethnicity, with a 47 per cent reduction in the permanent ban rate and a 35 per cent reduction in suspensions.

In 2019/20, the Birmingham constituency with the highest number of exclusions of any pupil was Northfield with a rate of 0.15%, followed by Erdington (0.13%) and Yardley (0.12% ). The constituency with the lowest rate was Perry Barr with 0.03%, followed by Hall Green and Sutton Coldfield (both 0.05%).

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council described the figures as “extremely low percentages”. They said the number had fallen from 53 primary-age children in 2019/20 to 27 in 2020/21.

They added: “The number of permanent exclusions of primary-aged children in Birmingham has fallen since 2017/18 and the numbers are relatively low considering the total number of children in the city. Reducing exclusions is a priority for the board and we are working with schools and partners to address issues, including the rate of permanent exclusions for primary-aged students.

The presentation to counselors indicates that actions taken to reduce exclusions and suspensions include:

  • Make referral to CASS mandatory [The Children’s Advice and Support Service] for children at risk of permanent exclusion from primary school
  • “Improved support to schools with early help offered in locality teams by teams around the school”
  • “Data sharing process in place between education and BCT [Birmingham Children’s Trust] so that the areas where the suspensions are high are known”
  • “Regular training provided to principals so that school boards understand permanent and fixed-term exclusion processes and the range of early support services available”
  • “Myths have been busted across agencies regarding fair access protocols and sharing panels”
  • “Opportunities for the voice of children and young people to be heard in the development of new approaches to reduce exclusions”

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