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More than 500 students suspended for attacks on staff in one year

New figures have shown more than 500 students were suspended in a year for physical attacks on staff.

The new information from the Department for Education shows the total number of suspensions and expulsions for the academic year 2016/17.

In total, 571 pupils were suspended for attacking staff.

While this was a reduction from the 646 recorded for 2015/16, it was more than double the 213 suspensions recorded for 2014/15.

Male students were shown to be suspended three times more frequently than their female peers.

Out of the total of 4,048 students suspended in the 2016/17 school year, 3,132 of these were male, while 916 were female.

This amounted to 1.41% of the student population suspended over the course of the year.

The most popular reason for suspension was 'persistent infringements of minor schools rules', 'physical attack on pupil', and 'verbal abuse of staff'.

More than 130 pupils were suspended for substance abuse, 119 were suspended for stealing, and 51 for alcohol abuse.

For the academic year 2016/17 there were a total of 33 expulsions.

Two-thirds (21) of expelled pupils were in years 11 and 12, with the most common reason for expulsions being 'persistent infringements of relatively minor schools rules', and 'physical attack on a pupil'.

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