Rural England

School exclusions

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have ‘better scores’ than urban areas.  The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are ‘a bit better’ and those where rural areas are ‘a lot better’.  It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics.  So, for example, a rural ‘score’ of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

'Mostly rural' authorities9
'Part rural' authorities10

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

The graph shows the proportion of pupils who were permanently excluded from school in the latest year.  The data is for all maintained primary and secondary schools plus both maintained and non-maintained special schools.

Level of the data

Upper tier local authorities.  Both the classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.  Note that there is no official government rural/urban classification system for upper tier local authorities but that the one used here has been designed to be consistent with the DEFRA 2009 classification system for lower tier local authorities.


Department for Education Statistical Bulletins.

The numbers

'Mostly rural' authorities0.07%
'Part rural' authorities0.08%
Urban authorities0.08%