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Increase in permanent exclusions.

Increase in permanent exclusions.

There's been a spike in the number of permanent exclusions from England's schools, with heads blaming cuts to mental health and behaviour programmes.

The Department for Education figures show a 15% rise in the number of pupils expelled from state schools between 2015-6 and 2016-7, from 6,685 to 7,720.

The expulsion rate is low overall, however, with 0.1% of pupils affected - up from 0.08% the previous year.

The government said schools should only permanently exclude as a last resort.

It added that it supported teachers in taking proportionate and measured steps to ensure good behaviour in schools.

    

Nonetheless the figures correspond to around 40 pupils being expelled per day.

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