The BBC is reporting that pupil exclusion has risen by 300% in three years in some parts of the country.
The number of pupils expelled from schools in some parts of England has risen by more than 300% in three years. There were 5,800 permanent exclusions in 2014-15 compared with 4,630 three years ago, government figures show. Fixed term or temporary exclusions rose from 267,520 to 302,980 in the same period.
Some councils where large rises have been recorded said the increase reflected a greater willingness to tackle “poor behaviour”. The largest rises were seen in Middlesbrough, Barnsley and North Lincolnshire. Both Barnsley and Middlesbrough also had the highest exclusion rates, with both having the equivalent of one exclusion for every six pupils last year.
Middlesbrough saw the largest increase in fixed term exclusions, up 357% from 750 in 2012-13 to 2,080 in 2014-15. The council says the rise reflects efforts by head teachers to tackle poor behaviour.
“Exclusions are a measure of last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted, and are designed to change behaviour and improve life chances,” a spokesman for Middlesbrough Borough Council said. “Poor behavioural standards by students damage not only their own chances but the prospects of those around them.”
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