5170 pupils were excluded from state-funded primary, secondary and special schools in England in 2011/12. Since peaking in 2003/4, numbers of school exclusions have been falling for the last decade, although other trends have been more persistent: the vast majority of permanently excluded pupils are boys, and Black Caribbean pupils are around three times more likely to be excluded than the school population as a whole. A 2007 report estimated the cost of each exclusion, to the individual pupil and to society, as just under £64,000.
At a local authority level, the highest rates of exclusion are in North East Lincolnshire, Reading, Central Bedfordshire and Bury. At a regional level, the highest rates of exclusion are in London and the Midlands, with the lowest rate in Yorkshire and the Humber. Interestingly, there’s no correlation between an authority’s exclusion rate and its GCSE performance.