The number of pupils excluded from schools in St Helens is rising each year, with almost 800 banned for a fixed term.

Figures released under Freedom of Information rules reveals that, so far this academic year, 768 fixed term exclusions have been handed out and one youngster has been permanently suspended.

Shockingly, despite the full year not complete, this number has risen from 666 in 2013/14 and 624 in 2012/13.

Reported by the St Helen’s Reporter. You can read the full story here. 

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