Pupil suspensions have risen, official figures show, amid warnings that the same students are being repeatedly kicked out.
Children who have been excluded school are thought to be at greater risk of exploitation from county lines gangs, and ministers have attempted to crack down on the practise by warning schools that they will be accountable for excluded children’s results.
But the Children’s Commissioner has warned that students who are suspended on multiple occasions face similar risks to their peers who have been expelled.
Last year 330,085 secondary school students were handed “fixed term exclusions”, up from 302, 891 the previous year, according to figures published by the Department for Education (DfE).
The rate of suspensions has increased by eight per cent in the past year, while the rate of exclusions remains the same.