A dozen South Tyneside secondary school pupils have been expelled, according to new figures.
Latest figures for the academic year 2013 to 2014 from the Department of Education show 12 secondary aged pupils, 0.15% of the school population, were permanently excluded from the borough’s schools, slightly higher than the national average of 0.13%.
However, the figures show a marked improvement on the previous year when 17, 0.2%, of secondary pupils were kicked out of the classroom.
Across the borough the latest figures show that once again no primary children were expelled.
They also show the number of children being given fixed period exclusions was lower than the national average, with 0.04% of primary children, compared to the national average of 1.02%, and 2.57% of secondary pupils, compared to 6.62% nationally.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families at South Tyneside Borough Council, said: “We are committed to ensuring there is no disruptive behaviour in classrooms.
“It is encouraging to know that South Tyneside has the lowest number of pupil exclusions in the Tyne and Wear area. The number of permanent exclusions equates to less than 0.06% of the entire school population.”
She added: “The number of pupils given fixed period of exclusions is a lot lower than the national average by more than half. We are the best performing authority in the whole of the North East.”