(UK) 390,000 students excluded '16-'17; most common reason: "persistent disruptive behavior"

July 30, 2018, Lincolnshire, Gainsborough Standard: Schools in Lincolnshire exclude more pupils as MPs criticise ‘wild west’ system Schools in Lincolnshire are dishing out more and more exclusions to pupils, new data has revealed. On average 26 children were excluded from schools in the area on every school day last year. The revelation comes after a warning from MPs that parents and children are having to contend with a ‘scandal of ever-increasing exclusions’ in a system that is like the ‘wild west’. In the 2016-17 academic year, schools in Lincolnshire handed out at least 5,072 exclusions, according to data from the Department for Education. This means exclusions are now more prevalent relative to the number of school children than they were a year ago, increasing from 4.5 exclusions per 100 pupils to 4.8. The majority of the exclusions in 2016-17 - 4,241 of them - were in secondary schools, with 698 in primary schools and 132 in special schools, which cater for pupils with special education needs or disabilities. This equated to a rate of nine exclusions per 100 pupils in the area’s secondary schools. The most common reason for a child to be excluded from a school in Lincolnshire was for persistent disruptive behaviour, which accounted for 19 per cent of exclusions. In England, exclusions numbered around 389,600 in 2016-17, up from 346,000 the previous year. … Committee chair Robert Halfon MP said: “Today, we face the scandal of ever-increasing numbers of children being excluded and being left abandoned to a forgotten part of our education system which too often fails to deliver good outcomes for these young people.”