Oxfordshire - Exclusions down by nearly half

6th August 2010 at 01:00

The number of permanent exclusions in Oxfordshire have almost halved this academic year, new figures show.

Just 44 children in the county's schools were expelled, compared to 81 in 200809. A total of 66 children were excluded in 200708 and 67 in 200607. Last year, 33 pupils were expelled for persistent disruptive behaviour; this has fallen to 12 in 200910. Just two were excluded for verbally assaulting an adult compared to 16 in 200809.

Iain Watson, lead officer for inclusion, told councillors the fall in the number of badly behaved children was saving Oxfordshire County Council money. Sending pupils to a short-stay school costs #163;15,000 a year, more than a mainstream primary or secondary.

Some 4.16 per cent of all secondary children in Oxfordshire were persistent absentees this academic year, less than the Government target of 4.57 per cent and lower than last year's figure of 4.86 per cent.

Mr Watson said the council had helped teachers strengthen provision for badly behaved children, and had provided more external support. KM.

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