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Last Updated: Thursday June 23 2005 14:02 GMT

School expulsions on the increase

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The amount of kids getting excluded from schools in England is going up, according to the latest figures.

A total of 9,880 kids were permanently kicked out of classes in primary, secondary and special needs schools in 2003-4, up from 9,290 in 2002-3.

For the first time, the government has broken down the figures to show why the kids were excluded.

Disruptive behaviour was the biggest cause, followed by physically assaulting another pupil.

Other reasons included assaulting an adult, verbal abuse and threatening behaviour towards an adult.

The largest increase in expulsions was in secondary schools.

The overall figure is the highest since 1998-9, but 3,200 lower than the peak of 1997-8.



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