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(UK) Wolverhampton: Number of students expelled from school doubles in one year

Oct 29, 2017, Wolverhampton (UK) Express and Star: Exclusions at Wolverhampton schools nearly double https://www.expressandstar.com/news/education/2017/10/29/exclusions-at-wolverhampton-schools-nearly-double/ The number of pupils permanently excluded from schools in the city has Wolverhampton nearly doubled in the last year, new figures show. During the 2016/17 academic year, 123 pupils were not allowed to return to their schools in Wolverhamptonpermanently excluded, surging from 63 the previous year. The number of Temporary exclusions also increased from 1,820 in 2015/16 to 2,026 last year. The figures totals – which incorporate primary, secondary and special schools – have risen dramatically since 2012/13 when there were 960 temporary exclusions and no permanent exclusions recorded. Wolverhampton council said it is ‘concerned’ by the figures but pointed out it is a national trend. ... “We have developed a plan to improve how children with social, emotional and mental health needs are identified and supported. “This focuses on ensuring their needs are identified early and that there is a clear pathway for supporting pupils, and providing an offer of training to schools about types of need and the various interventions which may help…. “Many areas, both regionally and nationally, are seeing a growth in the number of fixed term and permanent exclusions.” The majority of the permanent exclusions in 2016/17 – 89 of 123 – were at secondary schools…. Of the 2,026 temporary exclusions last year, 1,319 were from secondary schools, 453 from special schools and 254 from primary schools. Conservative councillor Udey Singh said the figures were ‘extremely concerning’. …