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North East Lincolnshire school expulsions increase sharply

The number of pupils excluded from schools in North East Lincolnshire has significantly increased, according to a council report.

Figures show that in 2010/11 there were 77 permanent expulsions from primary and secondary schools, nearly 10 times the previous year's total of eight.

North East Lincolnshire Council is holding a meeting to discuss the issue.

A member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) described the rise as "alarming".

Teacher Ken Rustige, who is the local representative on the executive of the NUT, said: "I find this quite surprising.

"The only thing I can think of is the fact there is a very high number of academies in North East Lincolnshire. It would be interesting to see where the students have actually been excluded from."

Nine out of the district's 10 secondary schools are academies.

'Additional costs'

The report also highlights the extra cost to the council of providing education for excluded pupils.

The authority allocated an additional £250,000 "to meet any additional cost pressures arising as a result of this increase."

North East Lincolnshire Council, which covers the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, said it was unable to comment until after its meeting on Thursday.

Nick Seaton, from the Campaign for Real Education which lobbies to raise standards in schools, said exclusions were "unfortunate for some families", but they should still be used as a last resort for bad behaviour.

"Teachers often tell us that one or two troublemakers in a class or a school can ruin it for everyone else," he said

"It is hard to see why children should be allowed to do that. To make life miserable for their teachers or classmates."

Other councils in the region have reported a fall in the number of permanent exclusions in their schools.

Figures provided by East Riding of Yorkshire Council showed a drop from 19 in 2009/10 to 17 in 2010/11.

In the same period the number of permanent exclusions in Hull City Council schools fell from 13 to nine.

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