The schools’ inspectorate will be writing to headteachers to highlight the fact that they have the highest exclusion rates in the country
Cathryn Kirby, the inspectorate’s regional director for the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, will be highlighting the fact that exclusion rates are among the highest in the country in eight of the local authorities covered by the region.
Schools told to explain high exclusion rates
Ofsted has asked secondary schools in eight regions to explain why they are excluding far more children than anywhere else in the country.
Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Doncaster, Redcar & Cleveland, Rotherham, Sheffield, North Lincolnshire and Northwest Lincolnshire have exclusion rates well above the national average and have been singled out by the schools inspector. In Middlesbrough, 13 cent of pupils have been excluded at least once, according to official figures. In Barnsley the figure is 11 per cent and in Doncaster 8.6 per cent. The national average is 4.2 per cent. A fixed-period exclusion means a pupil is barred from attending school for a set period of time, from a day up to a maximum of 45 days within an academic year.
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Schools’ pupil exclusion rate rise concerns inspectors
Rising numbers of secondary school pupil exclusions have prompted Ofsted to write to head teachers.
Eight out of the 10 areas with the highest exclusion rates in England are in the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, latest figures show.
Cathy Kirby, regional Ofsted inspector for these areas, said schools should only use exclusion as a “last resort”.
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said schools need more support for troubled students.