There were 8,130 permanent exclusions from primary, secondary and special schools in 2007-08, 6.4% less than the year before.
There were 383,830 fixed period exclusions, down 9.8%. Boys featured in three times as many cases as girls.
Pupils from black Caribbean backgrounds were three times as likely as all children to be permanently excluded and twice as likely to be suspended (given a fixed period exclusion).
The exclusion rate was highest for Gypsy/Roma children, though they accounted for fewer than 2,000 cases in total nationally.
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