THE number of pupils expelled from school soared last year.
Official figures show a 12 per cent rise on average, with a doubling or trebling in some areas.
Experts blame rising pressures in class, with fewer staff and more focus on results.
Freedom of information data from 118 local authorities in England shows expulsions doubled in 12 areas in the last school year compared with 2015/16 — including Redcar and Cleveland, and Newcastle.
In 25 areas they rose by 50 per cent, while in Slough they were up 340 per cent.
Behaviour expert Jarlath O’Brien told the Times Educational Supplement: “Schools have fewer support staff, so feel they have less capacity to handle issues. Instead, they’re excluding pupils.”
Retired headmaster Colin Harris said: “When cuts are made, the people supporting mental health needs and behavioural needs go first.”
The local authorities said the rises were in part down to rising numbers of pupils.
DO THEY RING TRUE?
UFO watchers in a frenzy as three ‘alien portals’ mysteriously appear below International Space Station
TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION
The latest on Hurricane Irma – its latest path and where it will hit next
ATTRACTING A CROWD
Naked woman parades through city to prove she would be left alone – only to be hounded by a sleazy group of men
HERE CONS THE BRIDE
Groom and pals left stranded at airport after finding out Ibiza stag do was faked by fiancée who ‘ran off with £13,000 collected for the trip’
HAV-UN A BLAST
North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un may launch another missile TOMORROW