Search

(UK) Waltham Forest: Students expelled more 1,500 times last year

Sept 27, 2017, UK, Waltham Forest Echo: School exclusions questioned http://walthamforestecho.co.uk/school-exclusions-questioned/ Schools in Waltham Forest excluded pupils from the classroom more than 1,500 times last year for behaviour including assault, verbal abuse, and drug use. As families across the borough prepare for the new school year, one local education expert warned that school funding cuts have left teachers in the borough with increasingly limited alternatives to excluding disruptive students. Data released this summer shows pupils were temporarily removed from Waltham Forest’s state schools on 1,564 occasions in 2015-16, spread across primary, secondary, and special education. There were 14 permanent exclusions in the same period, up from ten the previous year. This includes 442 bans handed out for physical assault against other pupils, 313 for persistent disruption, and 168 for verbally abusing teachers and other school staff. There were 28 exclusions for misconduct relating to drugs or alcohol. …