Over 13 pupils a day excluded from Edinburgh schools

More than 13 pupils a day are excluded from Edinburgh schools for offences including attacks, theft and fireraising.

New figures show 2585 children in primary and secondary schools were excluded in just one year for a host of incidents, ranging from threatening and aggressive behaviour to assaulting classmates or teachers with weapons.

Although the overwhelming majority of exclusions were temporary, 117 youngsters were expelled permanently. These pupils were transferred to another school, left school altogether, or educated at home.

The figures, from 2005-6, are the most recent figures produced by the city council, and were released to the Evening News under the Freedom of Information Act.

13 pupils excluded each day for attacks, abuse and theft (Edinburgh Evening News, 30 January 2008)