Teen bans for drugs and booze

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

SCORES of school­child­ren across the county, some as young as 12, are be­ing ex­cluded for drug and al­co­hol re­lated is­sues.

And the numbers of pupils be­ing banned, mainly in their early teens, is on the rise.

Across Le­ices­ter­shire in schools still run by the county coun­cil 29 girls and 55 boys were given per­ma­nent or fixed pe­riod ex­clu­sion or­ders dur­ing the last school year.

This com­pares to 17 girls and 49 boys in the aca­demic year 2015-16.

These fig­ures do not in­clude pri­vate col­leges or self-gov­ern­ing acad­e­mies, the numbers of which are grow­ing.

The lo­cal statis­tics come as the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion re­veals 9,250 pupils across the coun­try were ex­pelled for drugs and al­co­hol. A decade ago the fig­ure was 8,580.

Ivan Ould, Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said: “While there has been a slight in­crease in the num­ber of drug and al­co­hol re­lated ex­clu­sions in 2016/17 com­pared with 2015/16, over­all, for both pri­mary and sec­ondary aged pupils, we have lower rates of ex­clu­sions com­pared to other au­thor­i­ties.

“We have strong school to school sup­port sys­tems in place to sup­port schools with pupils at risk of ex­clu­sion.”

In the na­tional ex­clu­sion league York­shire and Hum­ber were top with a stag­ger­ing 5,000 plus or­ders handed to chil­dren in 2015-16 for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

A re­port from the In­sti­tute of Pol­icy Re­search sug­gests nearly 75% of the adult prison pop­u­la­tion were at some point ex­cluded from school point­ing to a clear pat­tern and the need for fur­ther in­ter­ven­tion.

Over­all across Le­ices­ter­shire al­most twice as many boys as girls were ex­cluded. They com­prised four girls and two boys in Year 7, six girls and three boys in Year 8, 21 boys and five girls in Year 9, four girls and 13 boys in Year 10, eight girls and 15 boys in Year 11, one boy and one girl in Year 12 and one girl in Year 13.

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