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EXCLUSION MYTHS CHALLENGED - DISCRIMINATION 'CRISIS' FOUND

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Black pupils of Caribbean descent are being excluded from schools at six times the rate of whites, with three out o...
Black pupils of Caribbean descent are being excluded from schools at six times the rate of whites, with three out of four barred not for bullying or violence, but on the grounds of their 'attitude', The Guardian reports (p9).

David Gillborn of London University's Institute of Education, found that permanent exclusions of pupils generally have risen rapidly since the introduction of league tables and self government. His figures challenged the current picture painted of schools having violent pupils foisted back on them.

Nationally only one in 20 exclusions were overturned by school governors the local authority or appeal panels.

Dr Gillborn said that in some areas exclusions of black pupils had reached 'crisis proportions', reports The Guardian.

Herman Ouseley, chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, called on the government to urgently issue a new code of practice on exclusions.
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