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Poor behaviour in primaries increases

2 August 2012

Recent figures published by the DfE show the number of permanent exclusions fell last year. Yet the same figures also show that over 2,000 four-five year-old pupils were excluded for violent behaviour and disrupting lessons, and primary school pupils are increasingly assaulting adults and fellow pupils.

Teaching unions blame such behaviour on violent computer games and parental failure to ensure pupils are ‘ready for school’ when dropped off at the school gate. The statistics also show pupils eligible for free school meals are four times as likely to be expelled, (championing a case for using the Pupil Premium to try to buck the trend).

Engaging parents, setting clear behaviour strategies with rewards for good behaviour, ensuring behaviour policies are clear on what is not acceptable, rigorous enforcement and actively promoting such policies across schools and to parents are widely practiced. But schools can only do so much; they have no way of knowing if the good behaviour they promote is encouraged beyond the school gate.

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