Persistent disruptive behaviour is driving up the rate of fixed-period exclusions in schools, latest figures show.
The number of fixed-period exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools increased by 7 per cent last year, according to Department for Education data published today.
Persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason given for fixed-period exclusions, making up 31 per cent all cases, followed by physical assault against a pupil (16 per cent) and verbal abuse or threatening behaviour against an adult (15 per cent).
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Fixed-term exclusions for persistent disruptive behaviour have risen by 73 per cent since the 2014-15 academic year, while those for verbal abuse or threatening behaviour against an adult has risen by 22 per cent in that time.
Increase in fixed-period exclusions
The increase last year has been driven by secondary schools, with a small increase in primary school exclusions and a decrease in special schools.
The DfE data also shows that the rate of permanent exclusions has remained constant, decreasing by just 11 pupils to 7,894 permanent exclusions in 2018-19.