County council looks to dip into government fund to help address school exclusion problem

PUBLISHED: 17:21 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 22 May 2018

Female teacher reprimanding a male student

Female teacher reprimanding a male student

This content is subject to copyright.

Half-a-million pounds of government money could be put towards tackling exclusion in Norfolk’s schools, after a bid was submitted by council officers.

It comes after recent figures revealed the county’s rate of permanent exclusion sits above the national average, with 188 pupils permanently excluded from schools this academic year alone.

The figures have led to Norfolk County Council submitting a bid to the Department for Education for £500,000 of funding to allow it to support schools in reducing the use of exclusions.

The figures - which showed 138 of the exclusions were from secondary schools - also sparked concerns from members of the council’s children’s services committee, who quizzed officers on why the numbers were above the national average.

Emma Corlett, Labour councillor for the Town Close ward, said: “I am really concerned about exclusions in years 10 and 11 - it can have such a big impact on life choices and that age is such an important stage of life.”

Conservative councillor Graham Middleton raised concerns about exclusion rate being much higher in the autumn term; in secondary schools alone 80 out the 138 exclusions were made in the autumn - more than half.

He said: “As there tends do be more exclusions in the autumn term, are schools being to quick to make the decision?”

Chris Snudden, the council’s assistant director for education said this trend was mainly due to the autumn term being a longer term than the spring.

She added: “This picture is reflected nationally as well.”

Officers were also asked why exclusions tend to be more frequent in secondary schools than primary. Of the exclusions today, almost three out of four were from secondary schools.

Ms Snudded said: “It is not unusual for secondary schools to be here and the exclusions are predominantly from Year 10 and 11.

“While the most frequent reason is persistent disruptive behaviour, beyond this there is a very broad range of reasons schools may decide this is the right course of action. Some may even be one-off outbursts of extreme behaviour.”

The council awaits the outcome of the funding application.

Other news

Somewhere deep inside a mid-Norfolk market town, mysterious goings-on have been reported ahead of an eagerly anticipated Halloween event.

The developer behind a bid to build a controversial new 10,000 home garden town in Norfolk will not be not be able to dodge local planning rules and must have Breckland District Council’s support in order to get its development approved, a government minister has confirmed.

A band of north Norfolk bell ringers will be marking the centenary of the end of the First Wold War, by taking part in a national project aptly named Ringing Remembers.

A Swaffham-based charity have been reaping the rewards of the harvest festival and collecting food for those in need.

Most Read

Yesterday, 10:28

A man has been arrested for possession of cocaine in Fakenham.

Read more
North Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 23:37

Emergency services were called to deal with a crash at Guist.

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

They were acquired over many years by the founder of one of Fakenham’s most famous businesses and put on display in a museum.

Read more
Royal British Legion
Yesterday, 14:18

A woman involved in a crash which closed the A47 for about six hours has described her shock after her boyfriend had to be airlifted to hospital.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
Friday, October 12, 2018

A planning appeal which could have led to 200 new homes at Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, has been withdrawn, meaning the development will not go ahead.

Read more
Tom FitzPatrick

Local Weather



max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy