The Sunday People via the Mirror is reporting that record numbers of the youngest schoolchildren are being suspended for attacking teachers.
Reception class pupils of four or five were sent home after assaulting adults 940 times last year. The total has doubled in six years, the Sunday People reports.
Another 510 were temporarily excluded for assaulting playmates, 310 for persistent disruption, 130 for verbal abuse, 20 for vandalism, ten for sexual misconduct and a handful for bullying or racist acts.
An average of ten reception class pupils a day were suspended while 30 behaved so badly during 2014 they were expelled.
Christopher McGowan of the Campaign for Real Education fears video games and unsuitable web images may be to blame…
Anastasia De Waal, head of family and education at the think tank Civitas, added: “While we’re talking about a small proportion of children, any rise in antisocial behaviour, particular among our youngest pupils, is a concern.”
Whenever changes like this are reported the question is whether behaviour has become worse or schools have become more likely to suspend pupils for the kinds of behaviour involved.
How would you see it: is behaviour in young children getting worse? If so, what do you think is responsible and what can or should be done about it?
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