New figures reveal Portsmouth has high number of school exclusions

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PORTSMOUTH’S schools have one of the highest proportion of exclusion rates in the country, new figures have revealed.

A total of 1,660 children representing 7.05 per cent of the city’s school population were told to temporarily stay away during 2011-2012.

The only other areas in the south-east with a higher figure were Southampton – where 2,110 children representing 7.69 per cent of all school attendees were excluded for a while – and the Isle of Wight with 1,510 temporary exclusions representing 8.66 per cent.

Nationally, the Isle of Wight ranked worse for temporary exclusions in proportion to its overall school population than anywhere else. After that came Southampton, Wakefield and Portsmouth.

Twenty students from Portsmouth schools were permanently excluded between these years, which made up for 0.1 per cent of all pupils in the city.

Of the 19 local authorities covered in the south-east, only Reading, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and Bracknell Forest had a worse percentage.

All the figures, which have been released by the Department for Education, relate to state-funded primary, secondary and special schools.