30 July 2015
Commenting on the publication by the Department for Education of national statistics for permanent and fixed-term exclusions in England during 2013/14, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“While, clearly behaviour issues have to be addressed for the sake of the whole school community, there is no quick fix.
“Schools’ ability to manage particularly difficult cases has been adversely affected by cuts to local authority budgets, in particular Behaviour Support Services, and the fragmentation of the school system into academy and free schools.
“Narrowing the school curriculum, the reduction in creative subjects and the removal of some play times for primary pupils may all be factors affecting behaviour in schools. These issues need to be addressed to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”