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ERIC Number: ED392146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 34
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Primary School Exclusions.
Lawrence, Brenda; Hayden, Carol
Most of the focus of research and debate about school exclusions in the United Kingdom has focused on secondary-age pupils. This paper presents findings of a study that hopes to inform preventative work with primary-age children who display great difficulties in mainstream and special schools. The paper examines evidence about the incidence and nature of primary school exclusions and debates some of the issues that make the practice of excluding students a serious concern. Data were obtained from a nationwide questionnaire of 46 local education agencies (LEAs), regional case studies of three LEAs, and analysis of the records of 265 children who were excluded within the three LEAs. Findings indicate that current data-collection methods are inadequate to accurately identify the excluded students. The few exclusions during the 1993-94 academic year were for usually one or more fixed terms. There were proportionately fewer reported exclusions from voluntary aided and controlled schools than would be expected from the proportion of school provision they offer. Exclusion from primary school was shown to be a relatively rare event, and permanent exclusion from primary school was even more unusual. However, boys were overrepresented among those students who were excluded. The rarity of the event suggests that more practical attention should be given to the educational and social needs of these children. Nineteen tables are included. (Contains 33 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom