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(UK) Doncaster sees 'sharp rise' in kids excluded from school; affecting mentally ill/ASD kids

Feb 26, 2019, Doncaster Free Press: Council outlines ‘sharp rise’ in permanent exclusions within Doncaster schools https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/council-outlines-sharp-rise-in-permanent-exclusions-within-doncaster-schools-1-9617072 Doncaster has experienced a ‘sharp rise’ in the number of children being permanently excluded from schools, council bosses have said. The local authority, which presented a three-year plan to tackle the problem in April, also revealed there is a growing demand for alternative provision places - where children continue being educated, but away from the mainstream school environment. In a report seen by councillors, schools need to be ‘supported and challenged’ to make ‘effective plans’ to meet the needs of their students. Latest Government data published in July last year showed 50 children were excluded from Doncaster schools on every school day during the 2016/2017 academic year. Schools in Doncaster handed out at least 9,707 exclusions, according to data from the Department for Education. This was the equivalent of 20 exclusions for every 100 pupils, the highest rate in the country. A council-led behaviour review found that despite there being plenty of alternative provision places, there was ‘insufficient provision locally’ to meet the needs of young people with acute social, emotional, mental health needs or Autism…. “Due to their limited engagement in learning and the environments they grow up in, they are at a higher risk of engaging in risk taking behaviours/anti-social/criminal activity and potentially could suffer with low self-esteem/resilience/mental health. …