815 pupils suspended from Sunderland schools during academic year

Pupils in the classroom.

Pupils in the classroom.

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The numbers of children being expelled from Wearside schools is below the national average.

Latest figures released by the Department of Education show for the academic year 2013 to 2014 a total of 20 children, 0.05% of the school population, were permanently excluded from city schools, compared with the national average of 0.06%.

Of those kicked out of school, 14 were secondary age and a further six were primary youngsters, which is less than the previous academic year, which saw 18 secondary pupils and five primary children removed from their school.

In Sunderland, the amount of fixed period exclusions given to primary and secondary aged youngsters were also below the national average. A total of 178 primary pupils were given suspensions, this is 0.78% of the school population compared with 1.02% nationally.

And, 637 secondary school youngsters, 4.02%, were suspended compared with 6.62% nationally.

However, the number of children suspended from the city’s special schools was above the national average with 121, 17.81% of pupils, given time-outs from school, compared with the 13.86% nationally.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Pat Smith, said: “The lower rate of exclusions from Sunderland schools compared to the national average, shows the excellent work taking place across the city with schools and families to address any emerging issues.

“Initiatives introduced across the city, including facilities within schools and within alternative provisions, along with access to wider support services in locality teams, provide targeted help and support to all those identified as in need of it.”

Coun Smith added: “We will continue with this approach to reduce exclusion still further wherever possible.

“It will only be achieved with the on-going support of schools and families within the city which we greatly appreciate.”