Too much to handle?

6th April 2001 at 01:00
A 13-YEAR-OLD boy was excluded from Glaisdale comprehensive, Bilborough, Nottinghamshire, in 1996, when teachers found he was disobedient and disrupting others' education (he had threatened one pupil with a chair). He was suspended four times but kept returning and eventually had to be removed by police. The school's 18 teachers refused to teach him. Head David Higgins expelled him but an appeal panel ruled he should be reinstated. A strike was averted when his parents agreed to have him taught at a unit near school and at home at a cost of pound;11,700 a year.

* A 13-YEAR-OLD girl was expelled in 1996 from The Ridings in Halifax, West Yorkshire, after she was accused of pushing a teacher and being violent towards another pupil. The decision was overturned on appeal. The 31 NASUWT members voted not to teach her and to walk out if she was allowed back into clss. Her parents rejected a compromise where she would be taught in isolation and she was moved to another school.

* A 10-YEAR-OLD boy was suspended from Manton junior in Nottinghamshire in 1996 but returned to school wielding a baseball bat. Head Bill Skelly had twice expelled him after he attacked other pupils and was abusive to staff, but governors reversed his decisions. Staff voted to strike unless he was removed but relented when one-to-one teaching was arranged. Parents of 100 pupils then temporarily boycotted the school in protest at the pound;14,000-a-year bill.

* A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was expelled from Hebburn comprehensive in South Tyneside in 1995 after attacking and threatening his geography teacher but reinstated on appeal. Teachers refused to let him attend classes or mix with other children but allowed him to be taught separately.


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