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(UK) Stafford, England: More kids expelled from area schools

July 22, 2017, Stafford Express (England): More pupils being expelled from schools in Staffordshire and Black Country https://www.expressandstar.com/news/education/2017/07/22/more-pupils-being-expelled-from-schools-in-staffordshire-and-black-country/#JWZPzy1BtiKwBKMK.99 The number of pupils expelled from schools in Staffordshire and the Black Country rose by more than a quarter in a year – a second successive increase, according to new figures. In total, 454 students were ordered to permanently leave their school year 2015/16. Persistent disruptive behaviour was the most common reason given, but violent attacks on pupils and staff as well as drugs and alcohol misuse were also the basis of the decisions.... The statistics, released this week by the Department for Education, also showed school bosses handed out almost 59,631 exclusions to pupils. … Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “As always, these figures make for sobering reading, particularly when we see the continuing disproportionate exclusion of pupils in poverty, or with a special educational need. ...