The Telegraph is reporting on figures that show the number of children suspended or expelled from school for physical attacking an adult jumped by an average of 10 percent last year.
There were 610 permanent exclusions from state schools in England in 2014-15 for assaults on grown-ups, up 11 percent from 550 the previous year, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics.
Of those, 290 – almost half – were pupils in primary schools.
There were also 20,770 fixed period exclusions for assaults on adults in the last full academic year, a rise of 9 percent from 18,970 the previous year, the DfE report revealed. More than half – 12,650 cases – were primary school pupils.
The statistics revealed that the overall number of permanent exclusions rose 17 percent from 4,950 to 5,800 year-on-year, while temporary exclusions rose 12 percent from 269,480 to 302,980.
The report said: “Physical assault against an adult is the most common reason for exclusion from special schools – accounting for around a third of permanent exclusions and a quarter of fixed period exclusions in 2014/15.”
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