(UK) E. Lancashire: More exclusions for 'outrageous incidents' by "struggling" students

Aug 13, 2017, Lancashire Telegraph (UK): School exclusions rise in East Lancashire by a quarter THE number of pupils who have been expelled from schools across East Lancashire has risen by a more than a quarter in a year, new figures reveal. Headteachers said they are not surprised by the rise because less support has been given to children with behavioural problems as budget cuts start to bite. Across East Lancashire there were 157 permanent exclusions in secondary and primary schools this school year compared to 124 the year before. … The county had the highest number of expulsions in the country for the academic year 2015/16, with 305 pupils excluded from state-funded primary, secondary and special schools - an increase of 55 on the year before. … Paul Trickett, headteacher at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School in Oswaldtwistle, said most exclusions were for children who were struggling in mainstream education rather than for 'outrageous incidents'. He said: "Mainstream education is now far more inclusive. "Because of constraints, such as budget cuts, support that used to be available quite freely is no longer there. "If you had children in danger of exclusion or who need help in terms of behaviour that was accessible but not anymore. "There are a number of children in mainstream schools that should not be there. That is the situation." … "The number of children coming in with behaviour issues from primary schools has significantly increased. "Schools do not have the resources to employ additional class support. They are left to do the best they can with the resources available."… More than 1,000 were for physically assault against a pupil, 1,635 were classed as 'other' and 1,206 were for verbal abuse. In 69 cases it was for a racist abuse and in 21 for sexual misconduct. … She said the special needs demand had led to an overspend for several successive years, with each overspend incorporated into the special needs budget for the following year's funding.