Bullying, drug-taking and violence towards teachers were among the reasons that almost 3000 ‘unteachable’ children were suspended from school at least ten times last year. The Daily Mail reports
Theft, racism and sexual misconduct were also highlighted as reasons for expulsions and suspensions in Department of Education stats released under Freedom of Information laws.
Shockingly, 1,170 pupils had ten or more exclusions in 2016 according to the figures that show that misbehaving is on the increase.
Speaking to The Mirror, Christopher McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said that these ‘unteachable’ children cannot be taught in a normal school environment.
A Department for Education spokesman said great strides had been taken helping teachers tackle poor behaviour in schools despite the fact that in the past five years the number of students suspended has risen by 37,000, from 146,000 to 183,000.
Tight budgets and the lack of specialised means of dealing with children with more specific requirements stemming from conditions like autism have also placed further strain on teachers.
Teachers often cannot cope with a learning disability and misunderstand it for misbehavior, leading to more exclusions.
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