England schools ban 20 students a day for racism: Report

Source: New Indian Express.

LONDON: Schools in England ban as many as 20 children a day over racially abusing classmates, an analysis released here today has found. The analysis of new data by the UK’s New Schools Network

(NSN), a charity which advises groups opening new schools, found that in total there were 4,000 cases of racist abuse in England’s schools which were serious enough to warrant a fixed or “permanent exclusion” in the 2014-15 academic year.

Since 2008-9, there have been more than 27,000 exclusions for racist abuse. A tenth of the exclusions occurred in primary schools and the remainder in secondary schools. “The analysis comes as New Schools Network has successfully argued for a new category of ‘social need’ to be part of the free school application criteria. This means that free school proposals will now be considered for approval if there is a proven ‘social need’ for the new school.


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