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Primary and Secondary School exclusions (FOI)

Primary and Secondary School exclusions (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 05 June 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.

Request

Can you let me know the following information please with regards to pupils excluded from schools.

A

How many pupils have been excluded from Government of Jersey primary schools for the last four years, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018?

B

Of those excluded, what were the reasons for those exclusions?

C

Of those excluded, how many were permanent and how many were temporary?

D

How many pupils have been excluded from Government of Jersey secondary schools for the last four years, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018?

E

Of those excluded, what were the reasons for those exclusions?

F

Of those excluded, how many were permanent and how many were temporary?

Response

The information requested is partly available in previous Freedom of Information responses dated 30 November 2017;

School exclusions (FOI)

and 12 September 2018;

Exclusion from schools (FOI)

Therefore Article 23 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 (the Law) has been applied to that part of the request.

Please find below the information that was not wholly contained in the previous Freedom of Information responses:

A

The number of instances of exclusions in Government of Jersey primary schools:

​Academic Year 2017 / 2018

​All primary schools​107


B

The reasons for exclusions in Government of Jersey primary schools:

​Reason for Exclusions

​Academic Year 2017/2018

​Bullying ​<5
​Damage ​6
​Other ​<5
​Persistent disruptive behaviour​15
​Physical assault against a pupil ​21
​Physical assault against an adult​29
​Verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against a pupil ​<5
​Verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against an adult​9


This data outlines only exclusions where reasons have been recorded.

The Education Department have determined that revealing the breakdown of reasons when there is less than five (<5) exclusions in a particular category would likely breach the privacy of the individuals and therefore, Article 25 (Personal Information) of the Law has been applied.

C

There were no permanent exclusions from Primary Schools during the period 2015 to 2018 therefore all were temporary.

D

The number of instances of exclusions in Government of Jersey secondary schools:

​Secondary School

​Academic Year 2017 / 2018

​Grainville ​181
​Haute Vallée​141
​Hautlieu ​20
​Le Rocquier​270
​Les Quennevais​39
​Jersey College for Girls​5
​Victoria College​20
​Total​676


E

The reasons for exclusions in Government of Jersey secondary schools:

​Reason for Exclusions

​Academic Year 2017 / 2018

​Bullying ​5
​Damage ​23
​Drug & alcohol related​19
​Other ​90
​Persistent disruptive behaviour​152
​Physical assault against a pupil​103
​Physical assault against an adult ​16
​Racist abuse ​14
​Sexual misconduct​<5
​Theft ​6
​Verbal abuse / threatening behaviour against a pupil​13
​Verbal abuse / threatening behaviour against an adult​210


This data outlines only exclusions where reasons have been recorded.

It should be noted that the process for recording exclusion data changed on 19 February 2018, therefore data prior to this date has been converted into the statutory reason codes held in the current system.

F

There were no permanent exclusions from Secondary Schools during the period 2015 to 2018 therefore all were temporary.

Articles applied

Article 25 Personal Information

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.

(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –

(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and

(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.

Article 23 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it is reasonably available to the applicant, otherwise than under this Law, whether or not free of charge.

(2) A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant where the applicant may obtain the information.

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