(UK) 'Number of children with complex needs is rising'; almost half of kids expelled are SPED

July 19, 2018, Independent: Headteachers blame funding cuts as schools expel 40 pupils each day 'It is more difficult to provide early intervention and prevent behavioural problems' The number of permanent exclusions from schools has reached its highest point in nearly a decade – with more than 40 children a day now being banned from state schools in England. Headteachers say funding cuts to schools and children’s services are to blame for the hike, saying a lack of resources has made it harder to prevent behavioural problems from escalating. Overall, schoolchildren were permanently expelled on 7,720 occasions in 2016-17, compared to 6,685 in 2015-16 – a rise of 15 per cent, official government statistics show. This is equivalent to 40.6 children a day, an increase from 35.2 last year. The Department for Education (DfE) figures show that persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for pupils being expelled, accounting for more than a third of permanent exclusions. But there has also been a rise in the number of schoolchildren being excluded for assaults against pupils and adults, racist abuse, sexual misconduct and drug and alcohol-related reasons. … Pupils with special educational needs accounted for almost half of permanent exclusions (47 per cent) and 45 per cent of temporary exclusions, the latest figures show. … Ministers have also raised concerns about schools “off-rolling” pupils to improve league table positions through backdoor exclusions. But these children do not appear in the official exclusion figures. … “The number of children with complex needs is rising, yet the Tories’ cuts to support services and their continual underfunding of the high-needs budget has left many teachers, schools and local authorities unable to offer the support these children need,” he said….