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(UK) "The rise in the number of school exclusions should be a ...concern for us all"

Oct 9, 2018, Tes: 'Schools can kick the exclusions habit…' https://www.tes.com/news/schools-can-kick-exclusions-habit Much like smoking, the practice of exclusions is a harmful habit that society could do without. Between 2015-16 and 2016-17, the number of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools increased by around 15 per cent to 7,720, which averages out at around 40 permanent exclusions per day. The rise in the number of school exclusions should be a key area of concern for us all. It could be partly blamed on children becoming disengaged from school as the curriculum narrows, with a growing focus on testing, especially among young children. Teachers have also warned about the impact of cuts on the number of teaching assistants, who often support disruptive pupils. Put bluntly, children who are not learning misbehave, disrupt lessons, are internally excluded – sent to the "learning centre" or something similar – get bored, feel rejected, misbehave again and experience fixed-term exclusions. … It’s the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups who are losing out. Excluded pupils are twice likely to be in care, three times more likely to be children in need, four times more likely to be growing up in poverty, and seven times more likely to have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Those pupils identified with SEND and living in care are 18 times more likely to be excluded. …