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Are disruptive students about to increase?

29 July 2011

The Department for Education (“DfE”) yesterday published statistics for 2009/2010 in relation to the number of pupil exclusions. The statistics show that 5,740 pupils were excluded permanently from primary, secondary and special schools during this period with there being as many as 331,380 fixed period exclusions. The DfE calculate that 900 children a day are suspended from school for abuse and assault.

The Coalition government has pledged to improve behaviour and academic standards and in response to the statistics, Nick Gibb has expressed concern that weak discipline remains a significant problem in schools. However, in light of the Education Bill, which will make it easier for head teachers to exclude disruptive students and give teachers increased powers to search students, we are likely to see a spike in these statistics come 2011/2012.

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