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(UK) Manchester: 43% increase in students expelled, more than half are SPED students

Feb 20, 2018, (UK) Manchester Evening News: Secondary school expulsions up by more than 40pc in a year - and the city's rate is twice national average https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/secondary-school-expulsions-up-more-14316194 The number of children permanently excluded in the year to June rocketed 43pc - more than half of them pupils with special educational needs. Manchester’s MP has warned new league tables are punishing schools for having challenging pupils on their books, leading to more and more expulsions. Other education figures have pointed to growing levels of emotional problems, hunger and tiredness among deprived schoolchildren. The number of pupils expelled from Manchester’s secondary schools had been dropping steadily since 2007, but figures going before councillors next week show that flipped into reverse in 2013. In 2015/16 they jumped, before soaring again the next year from 76 to 109, a rise of 43.4pc. The city’s permanent exclusion rate is now twice the national average, although numbers have also been rising across the country as a whole. The most common reason for expulsion was persistent disruptive behaviour, followed by physical assaults on adults. Of those expelled, more than half - 56pc - had special educational needs and more than 80pc were boys....