School exclusion rates improve

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LESS pupils are being excluded from North Somerset schools but verbal abuse towards teachers and physical assaults against other pupils are still a regular occurrence.

The latest Government figures show an improvement in exclusion rates from 730 in 2011-12 to 640 across 2012-13.

While overall figures have improved there were still 145 exclusions due to verbal assaults against adults within schools, and 156 due to physical assaults against other pupils.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “Our vulnerable learners’ service works with schools to avoid exclusion wherever possible.

“The service draws on the expertise of advisory teachers with a behaviour specialism, educational psychologists, education welfare officers and the behaviour improvement programme team.”


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The Voyage Learning Campus in North Somerset currently offers education and support for more than 250 young people.

The spokesman said: “Students attend the campus for a wide variety of reasons, including pupils who may have been permanently excluded from school, before later being supported into mainstream schools.”

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While the number of fixed-term exclusions has decreased, the number of permanent exclusions has risen, from 20 in 2011-12 to 30 in 2012-13.

The number of incidents relating to drug and alcohol abuse has also risen, to 24 exclusions involving drugs or alcohol in 2012-13 compared with 18 the previous year.

The spokesman said: “Through early intervention work and close partnership working between schools and other services we will strive to reduce the rates of exclusion even further.”

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