Ex­pul­sions at a record high

As­sault­ing teach­ers and racist abuse among reasons for pun­ish­ment

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PRI­MARY-AGED chil­dren be­ing ex­pelled from school is at a record high in parts of west Lon­don due to at­tacks on teach­ers and racist abuse.

Eal­ing recorded 10 per­ma­nent ex­clu­sions of pri­mary pupils in 2014/15 – its high­est level in al­most nine years, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures an­a­lysed by Trin­ity Mir­ror’s data unit team. Brent saw a stag­ger­ing 374 pri­mary pupils face sus­pen­sion in 2014/15, of which 110 were for phys­i­cally as­sault­ing staff, top­ping 2006/7 fig­ures.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion sta­tis­tics, across Eng­land the fig­ure for pri­mary pupils sus­pended as a re­sult of at­tacks on staff have been steadily ris­ing since 2006, with 12,650 recorded in 2014/15.

Mean­while, pri­mary school sus­pen­sions for racist abuse were also at a nine-year high at 430.

School sus­pen­sions for pri­mary-aged chil­dren across Eng­land peaked to nearly 50,000 last year – an­other high on record since 2006/07.

In Eng­land, for the third year in a row, per­ma­nent ex­clu­sions con­tin­ued to rise with 5,800 pupils ex­pelled from pri­mary (920 ex­pelled) and se­condary schools (4,790 ex­pelled) in 2014/15, up 17 per cent from 4,950 the pre­vi­ous year. The out­stand­ing 90 ex­pul­sions are re­lated to pupils at spe­cial schools.

There were 290 per­ma­nent ex­clu­sions of pri­mary pupils for at­tack­ing staff in 2014/15, its high­est num­ber since 2006/07, and up from 240 in 2013/14.

In to­tal, 30 chil­dren un­der four years old were ex­pelled from school in 2014/15.

Among se­condary pupils, per­ma­nent ex­clu­sions for at­tacks on teach­ers were the same in 2013/14 at 290, with ex­pul­sions re­lated to drugs and alcohol up 17% in a year to 480.

n IN TROU­BLE: Record high num­bers of pri­mary school chil­dren are be­ing ex­pelled Pic­ture posed by mod­els

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