06 Jan 2015Ms Diane Abbott MP
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of BME individuals by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) ethnicity who are excluded from secondary school, are subsequently imprisoned in youth offending institutions; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by Andrew Selous on 13 January 2015
The Government is transforming youth custody to put education at the heart of detention and equip young offenders with the skills, qualifications and self-discipline they need to lead productive, law-abiding lives on release. The Government is introducing Secure Colleges, a pioneering approach to youth custody with education and training at the forefront, and more than doubling the amount of hours of education provided in Young Offenders Institutes (YOIs).Information on permanent and fixed period exclusions from school, including a breakdown by type of school, pupil age, sex and ethnicity, is published by the Department for Education.Figures for the academic year 2012 to 2013 can be found in the tables published at the following location:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/338096/SFR28_2014_National_tables.xls.The full publication can be accessed via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/permanent-and-fixed-period-exclusions-in-england-2012-to-2013However, no information is available to indicate how many of these individuals were subsequently imprisoned in young offender institutions. This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.