School exclusions on rise in Warwickshire

Exclusions at Warwickshire’s schools have increased by 11% since 2013, as police chiefs have warned this could be contributing to a surge in knife crime.

Thursday, 14th March 2019, 10:51 am
Updated Thursday, 14th March 2019, 10:55 am

Police commissioners from seven forces across England and Wales have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for urgent action to fix the “broken” school system.

The letter – which was co-signed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police – argues that exclusions put vulnerable children at risk of being sucked into violent crime.

In 2016-17, secondary schools in Warwickshire handed out 1,983 exclusions to children, the latest Department for Education data shows.

This was a rate of six exclusions for every 100 pupils.

“Clearly, the way the education system deals with excluded young people is broken,” the police chiefs’ letter reads.