Big increase in exclusions for assaulting adults

Thousands more pupils have been excluded from school for physically attacking teachers and other adults, new figures reveal. Tes reports.

There was a 13 per cent increase in the number of pupils given permanent or fixed-term exclusions for assaulting adults in 2016-17, compared with 2015-16.

There were 26,695 pupils given a fixed-term exclusion for assaulting adults in 2016-17, compared with 23,440 in the previous year.

Permanent exclusions resulting from assaults on pupils rose to 1,025 from 825, over the same period. And there were 64,355 fixed-term exclusions for attacks on pupils in 2016-17, up from 59,880 a year earlier

The number of pupils who were given a fixed-term exclusion for being disruptive increased from 94,025 in 2015-16 to 108,640 in 2016-17.

There were also 105 pupils permanently excluded for sexual misconduct in 2016-17, compared with 70 a year earlier.

Overall, the number of permanent exclusions from state schools rose by 15 per cent, with 40 pupils now being banned from their school every day.

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