Analysing your suspensions, exclusions and behaviour data

Find out what to look out for in your data, and how to take action if you spot any issues in your practice. Use your data to make your school a more inclusive place and get Ofsted-ready.

Last reviewed on 2 August 2023See updates
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  1. Look for patterns and trends
  2. Cover exclusions as part of an overall behavioural analysis
  3. Use your MIS to pull the data you need  
  4. Analyse your MIS data with our template
  5. Work with your local safeguarding partners
  6. Take action
  7. Ofsted will look at how you recognise and address patterns 
  8. Conduct your analysis at regular intervals
  9. Report to your governors

Look for patterns and trends

Make sure you’re analysing any patterns in your data. For example:

  • Are suspensions/exclusions increasing or decreasing?
  • What's the proportion of repeat suspensions?
  • National average: are the rates of suspensions/exclusions above or below?
  • What behaviours result in suspensions and exclusions?
  • Are some year groups or phases receiving more suspensions than others?
  • Do some members of staff give a higher rate than others?

To find national averages for suspensions and exclusion, use the statistics from the DfE. Note that due to the date these are published, the latest national data will relate to an earlier academic year.

Check whether your exclusions policy is affecting certain pupil groups

Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) Children who qualify for free school meals Children from certain ethnic groups, such as Gypsy/Roma, travellers of Irish heritage, and Caribbean pupils Boys or

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