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(UK) BBC: "Children with special educational needs had 10 times the rate of temporary exclusions"

Oct 7, 2017, BBC: Special needs pupils' exclusion rate 10 times higher http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-41469717 Children with special educational needs had 10 times the rate of temporary exclusions from Welsh schools compared with those without, last year. New Welsh Government data also showed four times the rate of short-term exclusions among pupils entitled to free school meals. Academic Gareth Evans said pupils need to be in school "as often as possible". The Welsh Government said £90m extra funding would help disadvantaged pupils. The figures show there were 112 fixed-term exclusions of fewer than five days per 1,000 pupils with special educational needs (SEN) statements in 2015-16, compared with 11 per 1,000 pupils with no SEN.... Children with SEN statements also had six times the rate of permanent exclusions (0.6 per 1,000 pupils) of those pupils with no SEN (0.1 per 1,000 pupils), although both rates were low. Of Wales' 22 council areas, Pembrokeshire saw the most-notable increase in the number of children being temporarily excluded from school in recent years. It went from 113 fixed exclusions of fewer than five days in 2011-12, increasing each year to 1,043 in 2015-16. …...