The TES is reporting that official figures are showing the number of primary pupils excluded from school for assaulting an adult has risen by 25 per cent in a year.
The government statistics reveal that 11,660 primary pupils in 2013-14 were either permanently or temporarily sent home from school for attacking an adult, up from 9,290 the year before.
The figures also show there has been an 11 per cent increase in the number of permanent exclusions among secondary students for physically assaulting staff, rising from 260 in 2012-13 to 290 last year.
Overall, the total number of permanent exclusions across primary, secondary and special schools also increased slightly compared with 2012-13, despite a general decline since 2004-05.
Exclusions among primary pupils for racist abuse also increased by 15.6 per cent year on year, but all of them were temporary.
Schools minister Nick Gibb said the statistics were proof that the new powers handed to headteachers by ministers had given them the “confidence” to exclude students…
So that’s more than 50 exclusions from primary schools alone for assaulting an adult per school day.
What’s your interpretation of these figures: is behaviour getting worse, are heads more confident to exclude students than they were before, or is something else going on?
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