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Disabled school children more likely to be excluded and fail GCSE exams

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Children with special education needs are more likely to be excluded in primary schools and go on to fail their GCSEs in English and Maths.

A study compiled by Chance UK tracked pupils in various age groups and data from 32 million children across England who had been suspended or excluded from class.

The research showed 97 percent of those who were excluded at primary school had special educational needs or a disability.

One parent of a child with ADHD, who wishes to remain anonymous, told SKY News: "My son was permanently excluded at five years old; they referred him to go to a pupil referral unit.

"He would have been the only five year old in the building. I was like 'No, we're not doing this'.

"My son was the angry boy. I was saying there must be a reason why he gets so angry and then be completely calm - but they [the teachers] were just like 'no he's really naughty'."

Over 22,000 primary school children aged six and under were excluded or suspended across England in 2002.

But since the pandemic, teachers have seen a significant rise in bad behaviour in the classroom.

Tom Bennett, Department for Education behaviour advisor, said: "Exclusions are done in the most extreme circumstances for example when a child is violent towards a teacher or abused another student or persistently disrupted lessons.

"You can't teach a lesson if someone is throwing chairs at you. Exclusions are incredibly rare; the average primary school excludes one child every 17 years."

[ The average primary school has 75.4 computers. ]

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