Forty primary school pupils expelled every day for attacking teachers

Forty primary school pupils are expelled every day for attacking their teachers as levels of violence among under-11s reaches a record high, officials figures disclose. This is from the Telegraph…

The latest data from the Department for Education reveals that exclusions for assaulting teachers are now more common among primary school children than in secondary schools.

The statistics showed that 8,030 primary school pupils aged five to 11 were expelled in the 2010/11 teaching year – a rise of 15 per cent over four years.

Unions have warned that this figure may not even represent the truth of the endemic violence as staff are warned not to report incidents to protect the reputation of their schools.

The South East has seen the sharpest rise in violence in this age group, increasing by 41 per cent from 2006/7 to 2010/11.

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, told the Daily Mail that the “extraordinary” figures were a “sad indictment on the state of our society, the lack of discipline, the lack of respect for authority, and some pretty bad parenting”.

The Conservative politician called on parents to take more responsibility for the actions of their children and for a “zero-tolerance” policy against violence to be implemented in schools.

In 2006/7 there were 6,790 pupils excluded in state-funded primaries, of which 260 were permanent, according to the figures compiled by the Department for Education.

By 2010/11, there were 8,030, of which 200 were permanent – amounting to 41 a day over the 195 school days in a year.

For the first time the number has overtaken that in secondary schools.

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