This is equivalent to about 42 children a day being expelled, a slight rise from 41 per day in 2016-17. It is the largest number of permanent exclusions since 2008-2009.
There has been a rise in the number of students being excluded for assaults against adults (13 per cent) and pupils (1 per cent), bullying (28 per cent) and drug and alcohol-related reasons (13 per cent).
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “It is not possible or helpful to consider exclusion as a stand-alone problem. Schools and young people are facing a double-whammy of cuts to education funding as well as the impact of cuts to the health and social care services on which they desperately rely on for support. It is no coincidence that permanent exclusions have started to rise as budget cuts have started to bite.”
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