Exclusions continue to fall

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THE LATEST statistics made available by Angus Council have revealed that fewer Angus pupils are being excluded from school.

Members of the education committee heard at their meeting on Thursday that in the school year 2011/12 there was a drop of nine per cent in secondary school exclusions and 20 per cent in primary schools.

In total there were 310 exclusions at a secondary level and 75 from primary schools, with only 17 out of 53 Angus primaries excluding pupils.

This continues a trend of year on year reductions in pupils being excluded from primary and secondary schools.

Education convener Sheena Welsh said: “I welcome the downward trend in exclusions which reflects our commitment to preventing exclusion and to address the needs of vulnerable pupils.

“We will continue to support schools in preventing exclusions and seeking alternatives to exclusion for pupils in their care, while ensuring a positive learning environment for the majority of well-behaved pupils.”