New expulsion rules spark threats

7th January 2000 at 00:00
TEACHERS are threatening industrial action over the number of violent or disruptive pupils in mainstream schools. The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers is supporting seven ballots in response to the Government's new rules which make it harder to exclude pupils. Ministrs want exclusions, running at around 13,000 a year, to be reduced by a third in two years. Nigel de Gruchy, NASUWT general secretary, cited the example of a 14-year-old, expelled for indecently assaulting a female assistant, who was re-admitted to school because of a paperwork error.

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