The rate of pupils given fixed-term exclusions from school has risen for a fifth year running – with youngsters being handed repeat suspensions said to be driving the increase.
Government figures published today show the number of fixed-period exclusions, also called suspensions, has risen from 410,800 in 2017-18, up to 438,300 last year (a seven per cent rise).
That means the rate of suspensions is up from 508 pupils per every 10,000, to 536 in 2018-19 – the highest figure recorded since 2006-07.
This was mostly in secondary schools – where the rate of suspensions rose from 1,013 pupils per every 10,000 in 2017-18 up to 1,075 last year. It remained pretty much static among primary schools and decreased at special schools.
And the rise has been driven “most strongly” by more pupils getting repeated fixed-term…