School expulsions are on the rise in Sussex due to the pandemic

HUNDREDS of children have been expelled from school after putting the lives of other students at risk by refusing to comply with Covid restrictions.

Children have been kicked out for intentionally coughing on their classmates, ignoring social distancing and intentionally breaking health measures at school.

Some 466 bans were made after students in Sussex failed to abide by the rules.

Two of the bans were permanent – the rest were temporary, with students later being allowed to return to their school.

The Argus: Two of the bans were permanentTwo of the bans were permanent

Breaking Covid rules was the reason for 12,965 exclusions in England in the 2020-2021 academic year, with ‘public health’ being the sixth most common reason out of 16 possible options.

Julie McCulloch, director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said schools have worked very hard to keep students and staff safe during the pandemic and it was not unreasonable that young people should be expected that they comply with these measures.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Head Teachers said schools have no choice but to get rid of students who are putting lives at risk.

Paul Whiteman, the union’s general secretary, said expulsions are always a “last resort”.

“Unfortunately, cuts in health and social services mean there are too many holes in the safety net for marginalized young people,” he said.

“This is something the government should urgently address.”

But despite Paul’s insistence that exclusions are a last resort, Sussex saw 1,553 more cases in the last academic year than it did in 2019-2020, which saw 9,699.

The Argus: Exclusions in Sussex are on the riseExclusions in Sussex are on the rise

And criticism of the government mounted as a member of the shadow cabinet slammed the Conservatives for not being clear on Covid leadership.

“Conservatives have created deep chasms on school exclusions due to a lack of clear guidance, particularly during the pandemic, which is threatening children’s futures and communities are failing,” said Labor Shadow Schools Secretary Stephen Morgan MP.

“The government’s independent review underscores the need to tackle exclusion and ensure children are supported to improve life chances.

“No parent wants their child to be expelled from school, but once again Conservatives have treated our children and their future opportunities as an afterthought.” School expulsions are on the rise in Sussex due to the pandemic

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