Scottish Government: Exclusions from Schools 2008/09
The EIS welcomes the 15% decrease in pupil exclusions in 2008/09 announced today. These statistics broadly confirm the findings of the 2009 survey of "Behaviour in Scottish Schools” which suggested that the perceptions of teachers regarding pupil behaviour were more positive.
The reduction in exclusions is a reflection of the investment made in recent years by the Scottish Government in tackling pupil indiscipline. However, there can be no complacency – not least in tackling violent assaults with weapons, which, against the general trend, have increased in number.
A major concern is that extensive and deep education budget cuts will reverse the progress made. Fewer teachers and support staff, alongside larger class sizes, will undermine the capacity of schools to keep on top of pupil indiscipline.
It is essential that schools have the resources to address discipline issues and the power, in the last resort, to exclude pupils where necessary.
The Exclusions from Schools 2008/09 statistics can be viewed at: