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(UK) Lancaster: Number of permanent exclusions continues to rise

Mar 30, 2018, (UK) Lancaster Evening Post: Rising number of exclusions at Lancashire schools https://www.lep.co.uk/news/rising-number-of-exclusions-at-lancashire-schools-1-9090914 The number of permanent exclusions from Lancashire’s schools increased last year, according to new figures. A report presented to county hall’s education committee revealed 346 exclusions across primary, secondary and special schools in 2016/17. The number has risen from 305 the previous year in addition to 6,700 fixed-term exclusions. 6,700 disruptive children excluded from Lancashire schools However, councillors were told the number within primary schools saw a 35 per cent drop with a new initiative - the Primary Advice and Support Service - launched in 2016, a contributory factor. Fellowship USA In addition, an inclusion project launched in West Lancashire saw no exclusions in that particular district last year and could be rolled out to more areas across the authority. Speaking to the Post recently, Stephen Cox, head of Ribblesdale High School, said teachers must balance their responsibility to the majority - who have the right to a safe and good education - with the “consequences of exclusion on the minority.” …