English schools see first rise in exclusions in eight years

Jul 31, 2015 by

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Teaching unions concerned by increase in young pupils expelled for assaulting adults

A rise in pupils excluded by primary schools has caused the first increase in exclusions from English state schools for eight years, with teaching unions concerned by an increase in young pupils expelled for assaulting adults.

Figures published by the Department for Education showed that 11,400 primary-age pupils received temporary suspensions and 240 received permanent exclusions for physically assaulting adults in 2013-14, compared with 9,000 temporary and 210 permanent suspensions the previous year.

The overall proportion of pupils permanently excluded, however, remained unchanged at 0.06% of the school population – equivalent to six out of every 10,000 pupils – thanks to rising school rolls and a fall in the number of secondary pupils expelled.

The statistics also showed fewer exclusions for bullying or for attacks on other pupils, while the proportion of pupils given suspensions remains far below the levels seen a decade ago.

Nick Gibb, the government’s schools minister, hailed the figures as a sign that giving greater powers to headteachers was paying off.

“We have given headteachers more powers to tackle poor behaviour and have ensured they have the confidence to exclude pupils when this is necessary,” Gibb said.

Source: English schools see first rise in exclusions in eight years | Education | The Guardian

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