Once is enough for most pupils who are sent home

8th August 1997 at 01:00
Over an eight-month period in 1994-95, 202 pupils were excluded from 60 primaries, 3,562 from 110 secondaries and 969 had been sent home. For most pupils, it happened only once and for three days or less, although a significant proportion were excluded for longer.

Nine times as many boys were excluded than girls in primaries and four times as many in secondaries. The worst years were in primary 5 and S3 and S4. The most common reasons for exclusion were fighting and assault, disruptive behaviour, failure to obey rules and abuse or insolence.

Most were subsequently readmitted and almost all pupils described decisions about exclusion as unfair or an overreaction. Some said they were picked on by teachers because they came from "the wrong part of town".

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