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Girls who are ‘informally’ excluded are absent from official school exclusion statistics, whereas boys are much more likely to go through formal processes.

A new report by Social Finance for Cheshire West and Cheshire Council reveals a possible blind spot in exclusion statistics, as girls were found to be much less likely than boys to experience formal exclusions but more likely to experience ‘informal’ exclusions such as school change or early exit.

The report provides key insights on pupils most at risk of exclusion from school and presents recommendations on how to address these challenges.