July 24, 2017, (UK) Norfolk Evening News: Norfolk expels more children under 11 from school than almost anywhere else in the country http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/education/norfolk-expels-more-children-under-11-from-school-than-almost-anywhere-else-in-the-country-1-5116151 Children as young as four are being affected for life by being expelled, it was claimed today, as new figures exposed Norfolk as the joint worst area in England for primary school exclusions. … “The rules are clear that exclusion powers should only be used in particular circumstances and decisions to exclude should be lawful, reasonable and fair. Permanent exclusion should only be used as a last resort, in response to a serious breach, or persistent breaches, of the school’s behaviour policy.” Why is it happening? Of the 247 total exclusions, 89 were for persistent disruptive behaviour, the most common reason. Other reasons include physical assault against a pupil, 28, or adult, 33, verbal abuse or threatening behaviour against an adult, 27, or drug and alcohol related reasons, 26. Mr Reynolds said primary pupils who were excluded tended to have lower self-control than their peers, and were more likely to lash out. Mr Reynolds said: “In younger primary pupils particularly, there is an undeniable increase in the complexity of issues. There is a complex mixture of social and economic factors, affecting deprivation and attitude and so on.