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 Post subject: Recession 'will lead to rise in school expulsions', say teachers
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:21 pm 
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The Telegraph. 13th April 2009

More children will be expelled from school as the recession leads to more arguments in the home, teachers have warned.

It will lead to a rise in the number of young people being sent to education "sin bins" set up to manage problem pupils, it was claimed.

The comments comes amid claims that so-called pupil referral units are being used as a "dumping ground" for children that ordinary schools refuse to teach - fearing they will drag down its league table ranking.

The National Union of Teachers called for more investment in PRUs.

They also backed strike action to block the privatisation of units following the publication of a Government white paper proposing to turn some over to profit-making companies.

Teachers insisted PRUs should be used as a stop gap - usually less than half of term - instead of holding children for several years.

Andy Pryor, an activist from North Somerset, told the union's annual conference that units were coming under increasing pressure because of the recession.

"We know that as we descend into the most recent economic downturn the number of families, particular working class families, coping with stress and hardship will increase and so therefore will the numbers of young people in crisis," he said. "This is likely to lead to increased referrals to pupil referral units."

About 135,000 pupils pass through PRUs every year after being excluded from mainstream schools, with the majority consisting of boys aged 11-15. Children from Afro-Caribbean families and those with special needs are significantly more likely to be placed.

But just one per cent get five C-grades or better in their GCSEs and they are more than twice as likely to turn to crime.

Mr Pryor said: "PRU teachers teach some of our most disaffected, troubled and complex young people, many of whom have been delivered to a pupil referral unit on a metaphorical stretcher, casualties of a narrow curriculum, blighted by testing and inadequate resources. They arrive often with their self esteem in tatters."


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 Post subject: Re: Recession 'will lead to rise in school expulsions', say teachers
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:15 pm 
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Crime and delinquency always rise in a recession. Expect to see this translated into more bullying and yob culture in schools. Another reason for more families to HE their children.

I am interested in knowing exactly which special needs children are significantly more likely to be placed in a PRU. Are there any with AS or undiagnosed AS?


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