Rise in suspensions for primary school pupils
There has been a rise in the number of children suspended from primary schools in England over the year, according to new government statistics.
it showes that the number of permanent exclusions has increased from 4,630 in 2012/13 to 4,950 in 2013/14.
In 2013/14 there were on average around 26 permanent exclusions per day, compared to 24 permanent exclusions per day in 2012/13.
The greatest increase in the number of permanent exclusions occurred in primary schools, where there were 870 permanent exclusions in 2013/14 compared to 670 in 2012/13.
Pupils aged five to 11 were suspended 11,420 times for physical assault against an adult in state-funded primary schools in 2013-14 - up from 9,080 the previous year.
However, of the total number of permanent exclusions, 81 per cent occurred in secondary schools.
The figures also revealed a 10% rise in suspension for assault against adults for pupils aged five to 16. Suspension for racist abuse in primary schools increased by 15.6%.
Overall persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for permanent exclusions, accounting for 32.7 per cent of all permanent exclusions up from 30.8 per cent of permanent exclusions in 2012/13.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: "It's a challenging time for families who use and need public services facing cuts. This sometimes manifests as behaviour problems at younger ages than we might expect.
"Heads have a duty to protect the education of all children in their school and exclusions are a necessary tool in that duty."
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