Pupils in North Yorkshire excluded dozens of times for racist abuse last year
Schools in North Yorkshire excluded pupils for racist bullying on dozens of occasions last year.
Anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate said a national rise in the number of exclusions due to racism is a concern, but that schools are clamping down on the behaviour.
Department for Education data shows North Yorkshire’s schools excluded students 42 times for racist abuse in 2018-19.
That was up from 32 in the previous academic year.
The figures include abuse by children at state-funded primary, secondary and special schools in the area.
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Owen Jones, head of education at Hope Not Hate, said the number of additional racist abuse exclusions last year was “worrying”.
However, he added: “From what we have seen, there is a much better concerted effort to clamp down and take it more seriously.”
Mr Jones said racist abuse is a particular concern in rural and coastal schools, which have mostly white student populations.
Angela Wright, education development lead at anti-hate crime charity Stop Hate UK, said targets for racist incidents are becoming increasingly younger.
A DfE spokesman said permanent exclusion should be a last resort.
He added: “We know that some pupils will return to school in September having experienced loss or adversity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is why we have also provided guidance for school leaders on how to re-engage these pupils and create the right classroom environment to help them thrive.”
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