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Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:56pm 14th March 2019.

Could this be partly behind the national rise in knife crime?

Police chiefs have warned this could be contributing to a surge in knife crime.

In Norfolk, the number of youngsters being taken out of class has risen massively over the last 6 years.

 

 

In 2016-17, secondary schools in Norfolk handed out 4,348 exclusions to children, the latest Department for Education data shows.

Knife offences investigated by Norfolk Constabulary, the police force which covers the local authority, have more than doubled in the last four years.

The force recorded 220 offences involving a knife or a sharp weapon between April 2017 and March 2018.

 

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Police commissioners from seven forces across England and Wales have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for urgent action to fix the "broken" school system.

Across England and Wales, the number of fatal stabbings hit the highest level since comparable records began, more than 70 years ago.

The letter to Mrs May also calls for off-rolling – where pupils are removed from the school roll without a formal exclusion – to be outlawed, and for greater funding for schools to improve early intervention for children at risk of exclusion.

 

 

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers said: 

"A school’s first duty is the safety of its students, and so school leaders need to retain the autonomy to exclude a violent pupil in order to keep everyone else safe."

Ofsted said it had seen no convincing evidence that exclusions lead to knife crime or gang violence.

In Norfolk, there were 157 permanent and 4,191 temporary, or fixed-term, exclusions in 2016-17.

A Department for Education spokesman said permanent exclusions should only ever be a last resort.

“It is still vital that young people who are excluded from school are able to engage with high-quality teaching and education.

That’s why we have launched a £4 million fund which is delivering projects to improve outcomes for children in alternative provision, including pupil referral units."

 

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