Once is enough for most pupils who are sent home
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".