The number of school exclusions in Northumberland has dropped from a spike last year as work continues to tackle the issue.
Last November, we reported that pupils were permanently kicked out of schools in the county at an average rate of one a day during the first half-term of that academic year.
Over the previous three years, permanent exclusions had increased by 203% and fixed-term exclusions by 209%, but the trend has reversed since then.
The issue was discussed again at Tuesday’s meeting of the county council’s cabinet where members agreed to proceed with a tender exercise to create a framework to support the provision of alternative education for permanently excluded children.
Exclusions have been of concern to the family and children's services committee for some time and a task and finish group has been looking at the issue, while the council has also spoken to headteachers in an effort to share good practice.
Since this has been taking place, the number of permanent exclusions in Northumberland has reduced by 28% and the number of fixed-term exclusions by 26%.