Number of pupils suspended from Bradford schools drops by 500

Number of pupils suspended from Bradford schools drops by 500

IMPROVEMENT: The number of pupils suspended from classrooms in Bradford has fallen

Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for Children and Young People's services

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TEACHERS are winning the war on bad behaviour in schools, ministers say - with a big drop in pupils suspended in Bradford.

The number of city children given a “fixed period exclusion” has fallen by almost 16 per cent since the Coalition came to power, new figures show.

There were 3,250 suspensions in 2009/10, before the general election, but the total fell to 2,740 in 2012/13, the department for education (Dfe) said.

There were smaller declines in Calderdale - from 1,230 to 1,190 - and Kirklee, where the number dropped from 2,650 to 2,400. In Leeds there was a huge drop from 6,120 to 4,140.

Across England, the pattern was the same – a 19 per cent fall in the number of suspensions in three years.

Nick Gibb, the Conservative schools reform minister, was quick to seize on the statistics as evidence that its changes to stamp out bad behaviour were working.

The minister said heads and teachers had been given “more power than ever before” to impose discipline and cut the need for suspensions.

Mr Gibb said: “We have introduced new search powers, no-notice detentions, and have put schools back in charge of exclusion appeals.

“These figures give further confirmation that our reforms are starting to have a real impact on improving behaviour in schools.

“This is supported by teachers on the ground - in 2013, more teachers rated their school's behaviour as good, or very good, than when previously surveyed in 2008.”

Ralph Berry, Bradford’s Cabinet member for education, argued that better collaboration and support between schools in the city was a more important factor.

And he added: “The scarcity of school places also means there is no alternative.”

Across England, there were also more than 1,000 fewer pupils permanently expelled in 2012/13 – a total of 4,630, down from 5,740 in 2009/10.

But, in Bradford, the figure was unchanged from before the election – at 20.

The annual statistics were marred by a rise in the number of primary school pupils suspended for attacking teachers.

Students aged between five and 11 were suspended 9,080 times for physical assault against an adult in the 2012/13 school year, up from 8,630 in 2011/12.

Looking back over three years, that figure has also risen in Bradford – from 130 to 146 pupils suspended for assault.

Boys are still three times more likely to be removed from school than girls, the nationwide figures show.

Earlier this month, Government-commissioned research showed giving schools more responsibility for exclusions led to fewer youngsters being expelled.

They dealt with behaviour problems earlier and were more involved in deciding where the children should be educated, a trial found.

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7:21am Fri 1 Aug 14

Albion. says...

"The annual statistics were marred by a rise in the number of primary school pupils suspended for attacking teachers."
!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"The annual statistics were marred by a rise in the number of primary school pupils suspended for attacking teachers." !!!!!!!!!!!!! Albion.
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8:19am Fri 1 Aug 14

bullbob says...

What a load of rubbish this article is.
I can not validate it, so this next statement is only hearsay but I have been told that to exclude a pupil costs around £10,000.00
Schools are not excluding pupils because they are sending them elsewhere. Pupils are being let down badly by our education system.
I am aware of a pupil who has not attended mainstream school since early May, yet on behalf of the school the pupil has attended 3 other places. Unfortunately they have not been taught Maths, English or Science.
However in a few years we will have loads of skilled tyre fitters.
What a load of rubbish this article is. I can not validate it, so this next statement is only hearsay but I have been told that to exclude a pupil costs around £10,000.00 Schools are not excluding pupils because they are sending them elsewhere. Pupils are being let down badly by our education system. I am aware of a pupil who has not attended mainstream school since early May, yet on behalf of the school the pupil has attended 3 other places. Unfortunately they have not been taught Maths, English or Science. However in a few years we will have loads of skilled tyre fitters. bullbob
  • Score: 12

9:18am Fri 1 Aug 14

izzystillbreathing says...

bullbob wrote:
What a load of rubbish this article is.
I can not validate it, so this next statement is only hearsay but I have been told that to exclude a pupil costs around £10,000.00
Schools are not excluding pupils because they are sending them elsewhere. Pupils are being let down badly by our education system.
I am aware of a pupil who has not attended mainstream school since early May, yet on behalf of the school the pupil has attended 3 other places. Unfortunately they have not been taught Maths, English or Science.
However in a few years we will have loads of skilled tyre fitters.
The reason most schools fail is that the teachers can't teach because of poor class discipline. It was a lot simpler, and a lot better, when schools could thrash pupils as a way of keeping control. Bring back the birch.
[quote][p][bold]bullbob[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish this article is. I can not validate it, so this next statement is only hearsay but I have been told that to exclude a pupil costs around £10,000.00 Schools are not excluding pupils because they are sending them elsewhere. Pupils are being let down badly by our education system. I am aware of a pupil who has not attended mainstream school since early May, yet on behalf of the school the pupil has attended 3 other places. Unfortunately they have not been taught Maths, English or Science. However in a few years we will have loads of skilled tyre fitters.[/p][/quote]The reason most schools fail is that the teachers can't teach because of poor class discipline. It was a lot simpler, and a lot better, when schools could thrash pupils as a way of keeping control. Bring back the birch. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 18

10:09am Fri 1 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Cllr Ralph Berry is a waste of space Bradford schools are a complete disgrace and the reason there are not more expulsions is the fact there is no where to put scum.
Cllr Ralph Berry is a waste of space Bradford schools are a complete disgrace and the reason there are not more expulsions is the fact there is no where to put scum. llos25
  • Score: 16

2:25pm Fri 1 Aug 14

semolina77 says...

Teachers are not winning the war on anything. That is why so many schools are failing OFSTED Visits. What schools are doing is pushing children they see as "problematic" into "alternative schooling" i.e Skillsforce Programmes, or Learning Centres ran by Bradford College. Schooling is all about Politics, and Funding, the higher the exam average the better the school appears, what you dont get told is how many children have they pushed into "alternative provisions" to keep their statistics high. My son has an ASD, and instead of the school arranging the correct measures for him to stay in mainstream school they have pushed him into a "provision" as he is "un-educateable". I have contacted everyone and am slowly making headway and will be seeking legal advise. However, how many other children are facing similar issues because they do not enhance the schools statistics.
YES some children are naughty and have issues but NOT all children that are put on "alternate provisions" are Hooligans. At one time teachers cared....... Schooling today is a JOKE.
Teachers are not winning the war on anything. That is why so many schools are failing OFSTED Visits. What schools are doing is pushing children they see as "problematic" into "alternative schooling" i.e Skillsforce Programmes, or Learning Centres ran by Bradford College. Schooling is all about Politics, and Funding, the higher the exam average the better the school appears, what you dont get told is how many children have they pushed into "alternative provisions" to keep their statistics high. My son has an ASD, and instead of the school arranging the correct measures for him to stay in mainstream school they have pushed him into a "provision" as he is "un-educateable". I have contacted everyone and am slowly making headway and will be seeking legal advise. However, how many other children are facing similar issues because they do not enhance the schools statistics. YES some children are naughty and have issues but NOT all children that are put on "alternate provisions" are Hooligans. At one time teachers cared....... Schooling today is a JOKE. semolina77
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2:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Kids should turn up to school with a few basic requirements :-

1. ability to go to the toilet on their own (don't laugh, lots turn up in year one, still in nappies)
2. Ability to dress themselves
3. Ability to communicate in English
4. Know how to respect other pupils and teachers.

If they don't, then the parents are failing them.

Most studies demonstrate the importance of the pre-school years. It's time parents were prosecuted, for neglect, if kids turn up unable to do the 4 key requirements I've specified!

Or we need a muli-tier education system, where kids, who can get on with their education without being disruptive, can learn without being dragged down by the idiots!
As far as I know, we did have this until some socialist idiots decided it would be better to introduce comprehensives so that the better pupils could be dragged down to the level of the "less-able"! (or was it the "less-able" would be educated at the same level as the brightest kids?
Anyway, it was a total failure!

In summary - the main problem is the Idiot parents who have no responsibility for themselves or their children, the secondary problem is the catch-all nature of education since labour introduce a one school fits all policy!
Kids should turn up to school with a few basic requirements :- 1. ability to go to the toilet on their own (don't laugh, lots turn up in year one, still in nappies) 2. Ability to dress themselves 3. Ability to communicate in English 4. Know how to respect other pupils and teachers. If they don't, then the parents are failing them. Most studies demonstrate the importance of the pre-school years. It's time parents were prosecuted, for neglect, if kids turn up unable to do the 4 key requirements I've specified! Or we need a muli-tier education system, where kids, who can get on with their education without being disruptive, can learn without being dragged down by the idiots! As far as I know, we did have this until some socialist idiots decided it would be better to introduce comprehensives so that the better pupils could be dragged down to the level of the "less-able"! (or was it the "less-able" would be educated at the same level as the brightest kids? Anyway, it was a total failure! In summary - the main problem is the Idiot parents who have no responsibility for themselves or their children, the secondary problem is the catch-all nature of education since labour introduce a one school fits all policy! Bone_idle18
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7:55pm Fri 1 Aug 14

damraf says...

My girlfriends son had ADHD and the school did the same they referred him to a pru and he went and was highly praised. The pru assessed him and advised what measures that needed to be put into place so that he could go back into main stream school. When he went back the school and they chose to ignore every recommendation the pru made. After two weeks the lad was sent home because he was disruptive ( still don't know what he did ) and we told to home school him. 2 months later we managed to get him into a place. During the 2 months he was not suspended just home studying maybe the figures are being massaged
My girlfriends son had ADHD and the school did the same they referred him to a pru and he went and was highly praised. The pru assessed him and advised what measures that needed to be put into place so that he could go back into main stream school. When he went back the school and they chose to ignore every recommendation the pru made. After two weeks the lad was sent home because he was disruptive ( still don't know what he did ) and we told to home school him. 2 months later we managed to get him into a place. During the 2 months he was not suspended just home studying maybe the figures are being massaged damraf
  • Score: -3

8:46am Sun 3 Aug 14

Out of site says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Kids should turn up to school with a few basic requirements :-

1. ability to go to the toilet on their own (don't laugh, lots turn up in year one, still in nappies)
2. Ability to dress themselves
3. Ability to communicate in English
4. Know how to respect other pupils and teachers.

If they don't, then the parents are failing them.

Most studies demonstrate the importance of the pre-school years. It's time parents were prosecuted, for neglect, if kids turn up unable to do the 4 key requirements I've specified!

Or we need a muli-tier education system, where kids, who can get on with their education without being disruptive, can learn without being dragged down by the idiots!
As far as I know, we did have this until some socialist idiots decided it would be better to introduce comprehensives so that the better pupils could be dragged down to the level of the "less-able"! (or was it the "less-able" would be educated at the same level as the brightest kids?
Anyway, it was a total failure!

In summary - the main problem is the Idiot parents who have no responsibility for themselves or their children, the secondary problem is the catch-all nature of education since labour introduce a one school fits all policy!
Well that is a shock in bradford pupils who turn up who can't/won't speak English.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Kids should turn up to school with a few basic requirements :- 1. ability to go to the toilet on their own (don't laugh, lots turn up in year one, still in nappies) 2. Ability to dress themselves 3. Ability to communicate in English 4. Know how to respect other pupils and teachers. If they don't, then the parents are failing them. Most studies demonstrate the importance of the pre-school years. It's time parents were prosecuted, for neglect, if kids turn up unable to do the 4 key requirements I've specified! Or we need a muli-tier education system, where kids, who can get on with their education without being disruptive, can learn without being dragged down by the idiots! As far as I know, we did have this until some socialist idiots decided it would be better to introduce comprehensives so that the better pupils could be dragged down to the level of the "less-able"! (or was it the "less-able" would be educated at the same level as the brightest kids? Anyway, it was a total failure! In summary - the main problem is the Idiot parents who have no responsibility for themselves or their children, the secondary problem is the catch-all nature of education since labour introduce a one school fits all policy![/p][/quote]Well that is a shock in bradford pupils who turn up who can't/won't speak English. Out of site
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