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Response to data on exclusions and appeals in England schools: 2008 to 2009

Nick Gibb expresses concern over exclusion from schools statistics and speaks of the measures the government is taking to address bad behaviour in schools.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said

Despite the fall in exclusions, poor behaviour remains a significant problem in our schools. Tackling poor behaviour and raising academic standards are key priorities for the Coalition Government.

We trust teachers and that’s why we have already announced a series of measures to put headteachers and teachers back in control of the classroom - including ending the rule requiring schools to give 24 hours written notice for detentions and increased search powers. We will introduce further measures to strengthen teacher authority and support schools in maintaining good behaviour.

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