Pupil exclusions fall to low rate

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NUMBERS of pupils permanently excluded from Sheffield schools are falling - bucking a trend for similar cities.

Latest data released by Sheffield Council shows that only five pupils, or 0.02 per cent, were excluded in 2010, and the number in 2011 being less than five - ‘statistically insignificant’.

In ‘statistical neighbour’ areas, cities with similar demographics to Sheffield, the proportion of pupils permanently excluded was 0.19 per cent in 2010, rising to 0.21 per cent in 2011.

However, nationally, permanent exclusion rates fell from 0.15 per cent in 2010 to 0.13 per cent in 2011.

Sheffield Council said its exclusion rate was so low because it offered ‘supported transfer’ to pupil referral units as an alternative to permanent exclusion.

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