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PUPIL EXPULSIONS SET TO RISE

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The number of children expelled from school because of violence and indiscipline is set to rise for the first time ...
The number of children expelled from school because of violence and indiscipline is set to rise for the first time in five years as head teachers act to curb high levels of bad behaviour, reported The Observer (p3).

This will be shown in government figures for England and Wales, to be released this week. Meanwhile, an internal report by the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers says teachers at 71 schools have threatened industrial action in the last 18 months because pupils have proved too difficult to teach. Teachers also say they are undermined by exclsuion appeals panels which try to reinstate pupils.

Government figures will show that between 2000 and 2001 exclusions rose from 8,600 to 9,100, reversing a trend of rapid decline.

Last year the DfES signalled a change in policy when it said it would not set an 'artificial cap' on the number of expelled children. Before that, government policy had been to keep pupils in school for as long as possible, despite protests from teachers claiming they were being undermined. This led to a sharp reduction in exclusions, falling from 12,700 in 1996 to 8,600 last year.
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