School exclusion rates improve

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 August 2014

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SCHOOL exclusion rates have improved in North Somerset but teachers are still forced to deal with verbal abuse 
and physical assaults against other pupils on a regular 
basis.

The latest Government figures show there were 640 fixed term exclusions across 2012-13 in North Somerset, compared to 730 the previous year.

Overall figures have improved but there were still 145 exclusions due to verbal assaults against an adult, 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.”

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.”

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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