July 19, 2018, Independent: Headteachers blame funding cuts as schools expel 40 pupils each day https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/school-exclusions-children-rise-england-funding-cuts-headteachers-behaviour-a8454516.html '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….