Number of pupil exclusions from schools rises to highest point in decade amid funding cuts

The figures showed that schoolchildren were permanently expelled on 7,900 occasions in 2017-18, compared to 7,700 in 2016-17 – a rise of 3 per cent. The Independent reports.

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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  1. Jackie Ward

    There is still a lot that can be done to prevent exclusion as per my book ‘On the Fringes’ through inclusive,solution- focused practice which works! Excluded children have underlying needs which often go undiagnosed eg ASD, ADHD -I saw this when I was deputy head/SENCO at a primary PRU. Now I am back in mainstream schools I am working to unpick needs and foster team approaches to making reasonable adjustments. As a SENCO I do have to push referrals to SALT, community paediatricians and other professionals and am largely successful. Early intervention is key and so is working in partnership with parents at an early stage…. problems escalate as a child gets older and poor behaviours become ingrained. I could give many success stories of exclusions which have been pre-empted through early action but appreciate that funding cuts are affecting children’s life chances. However, there are things we can try if we have the will!

    Jackie Ward @jordyjax

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