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Sharp fall in number of violent pupils expelled or suspended in Glasgow

Aug 27, 2009

article by Andrew Denholm in HeraldScotland.com:

The number of cases where violent or abusive pupils have been suspended or expelled from state-run secondary schools in Scotland’s largest local authority has plummeted in the past year to its lowest-ever level, The Herald can reveal.

New figures show the number of exclusions at primary and secondary schools run by Glasgow City Council have dropped by a quarter, from 6462 in 2007-08 to 4926 in 2008-09.

The biggest inroads have been made at secondary school level where there has been a 30% reduction in exclusions between 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Council officials believe the decrease is a result of a new strategy that ensures all schools first put in place support for disruptive youngsters, rather than automatically applying for exclusion....

....Schools still do not tolerate violent or abusive behaviour, but, where a pupil is guilty of such an offence, different strategies are employed such as sin bins, the involvement of campus police officers and restorative justice techniques.

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