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Figures reveal pupil explusions


Figures reveal pupil explusions

BBC News

Pupils in Catholic maintained schools are more likely to be expelled than those in controlled schools, the latest government figures suggest.

Catholic maintained schools expelled 50 per cent more pupils than controlled schools, according to the statistics.

Overall, fewer young people are being put out of school permanently. Fifty- four pupils were expelled last year.

The most common reason was substance abuse with more girls than previously involved.

The number of suspensions is up on the previous year. The increase again involves girls' behaviour.

The most common reason for suspending a pupil is verbal abuse of staff and the number of physical attacks on staff has increased.

The behaviour of younger pupils appears to be improving and fewer were sent home from school last year.

The statistics were published by the Department of Education.


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