The Mirror is reporting that thirty pupils aged four and under were permanently banned from schools over behaviour issues in just 12 months.
They were among tens of thousands of primary and nursery children excluded for a host of offences including assault, racism and sexual misconduct, statistics reveal…
Unions blame the axing of early intervention support systems that help identify problems in youngsters before they get out of hand.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron branded the crisis “a national scandal”. He said: “Teaching is facing a recruitment crisis and violence in the classroom is part of the reason why.
“We need to tackle the root causes of this crisis earlier on and prevent problem behaviour developing.” NASUWT union general secretary Chris Keates added: “It is disturbing that so many young children are exhibiting violence.
“Unfortunately, the services schools used to be able to access for early intervention when pupils first show signs of unacceptable behaviour have either reduced or been axed as a result of cuts to local authority budgets. It is essential given the age of these pupils that high quality support is made available…
The appalling numbers were uncovered by the Lib Dems. They were contained in the Department for Education’s Permanent and Fixed-term Exclusions Report for 2013-14, the most recent available. The figure of 870 permanently excluded pupils represents a leap of 30% from 610 only three years ago.
Of those, 240 were excluded for attacking adults and 150 for assaulting classmates. Another 130 were kicked out for using threatening behaviour against teachers or other pupils, while 280 were barred for “persistent disruptive behaviour”. Seventy children in nursery were suspended for a fixed period, as were 1,970 in reception class. More than 45,000 primary age pupils got suspensions…
There are more figures in the full article although nothing yet on the Lib Dem website or social media feeds.
What do you make of the figures, the apparently escalating scale of the problem and the suggestion that it is the result of cuts to early intervention services?
Can you give me details, based on your own experiences, of exactly what has changed and what impact it has had?
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