Ministers get tough with bullies

EXCLUDED pupils would be more inspired to succeed at school if the promise of a paid job, rather than academic gratification, lay at the end of their studies, according to the Rathbone Foundation, which helps people with special needs. Its report - "Attitudes to Learning Amongst Disaffected Young People" - highlights the importance of vocational training. Based on a survey of 13 to 16-year-olds, it reveals most failing pupils blame classmates and teachers for their disaffection with school.

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