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Southampton schools have highest rate of exclusion in the country
SOUTHAMPTON has the highest rate of temporary exclusions from secondary schools than anywhere else in England.
According to the Department of Education figures nearly a fifth of pupils, or 17.64 per cent were excluded from school for a spell during a single year.
This was more than double average in England and is the second time in three years that Southampton has recorded more exclusions than anywhere else in England.
The latest data, which covers 2011 to 2012, also revealed that the Isle of Wight came second in the country for temporary exclusions with 17.52 per cent of pupils.
The figure for Hampshire is just over 8 per cent.
Southampton City Council has admitted it has “some way to go” to improve the figures.
Councillor Richard Priest, cabinet member for children's services for the Isle of Wight Council, said the results were “unacceptable”.
In Portsmouth the temporary exclusion rate was lower than Southampton but still above the national average at 11.57 per cent.
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