Rates of suspension in Plymouth schools increase with rising incidence of assaults on teachers

Rates of suspension in Plymouth schools increase with rising incidence of assaults on teachers
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The rates of suspension in various schools throughout Plymouth continues as the incidences of assaults on teachers continue to rise.

These rates have been recorded as the highest ever since 2006/2007, according to the statistics from the Department of Education.

According to teaching unions, the statistics have increased throughout England ever since the cut for support services for those with challenging behaviour was implemented. In 2017-2018, a total of 225 suspensions in primary schools were recorded, which is way higher to 149 of the previous school year. In Plymouth, there was a total of 2,372 exclusions in secondary schools in the same period, which is over three times the previous record of 619 in 2013-2014.

The general secretary of the association of school and college leaders, Geoff Barton, commented that the reason for this increasing exclusion rates is due to cuts on local services and education. As such, it became a lot more challenging to provide support to students who have challenging behaviour.

According to him, schools are not taking the decision to exclude their students very lightly. When it happens, it’s for the sake of providing a safe and organized place for students and teachers alike.

While schools are doing their very best just to avoid such cases from happening, the government should also put more effort into providing the right backing and funding.

According to a spokesperson for the Department of Education, there is really no right number for exclusions. However, while the current rates of exclusion are lower than they were a decade ago, it doesn’t mean that those who were excluded no longer have the right to proper education.

He added that right after the Timpson Review, they are doing their best to make sure that schools can be held accountable for those students they have excluded. This can be achieved by clamping down on off-rolling and work with local areas to change the exclusion trends for various groups of children.

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