National statistics on secondary school suspensions and exclusions

Dr Robert Shaw made this Official Information request to Ministry of Education

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From: Dr Robert Shaw

Dear Ministry of Education,

1. I request the following secondary school statistics for each of the available last five years: Total number of under-16 years of age suspensions nationally, total number of exclusions nationally, the total roll for each of those years.

2.I would appreciate any age or level related statistics which you hold regarding suspensions and exclusions. My task to gain a perspective on how often schools resort to this action and who are the students most at risk of this action.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Robert Shaw

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Kia ora Robert,


Thank you for your request. Please find attached data on the number of
suspensions and exclusions at secondary schools, along with comparative
cohort rolls for each year.


For your information, there is more data on suspensions and exclusions
online at this link: [1]Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and
expulsions from school | Education Counts


This online data uses age-standardised rates. These are expressed as the
number of suspensions and exclusions per 1,000 students enrolled.
Age-standardisation allows a fair comparison between different cohorts. In
any given year the schooling population will have a different age
distribution. By standardising for age we can compare across years. Most
suspensions and exclusions occur between the ages of 13 and 15.


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, or if
there is anything else we can help with.


Nāku noa, nā



Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education ^MC
33 Bowen Street, Wellington
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