School exclusions increase – (Click for more info)
Government statistics show that both temporary and permanent exclusions of children from school have increased between 2014-15 and 2015-16.
- The number of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has increased from 5,795 in 2014/15 to 6,685 in 2015/16. This corresponds to around 35.2 permanent exclusions per day2 in 2015/16, up from an average of 30.5 per day in 2014/15.
- The rate of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has also increased slightly from 0.07 per cent to 0.08 per cent of pupil enrolments, which is equivalent to 8 pupils per 10,000
- Boys were over three times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion and almost three times more likely to receive a fixed period exclusion than girls.
- Pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals were around four times more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion than those who are not eligible.
Cross party MPs support Dubs continuation – (Click for more info)
MPs from several parties have written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, encouraging her to re-open the Dubs Scheme and take in more unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. With only 480 children having been offered sanctuary under the scheme so far, and no children taken in this year, MPs Yvette Cooper, Tim Farron, Joanne Cherry and Heidi Allen have joined Lord Dubs in saying “Can we urge the Government not to cap the Dubs scheme at 480 and to keep it open so long as Local Authorities have places to offer?”
Community Life survey results – (Click for more info)
The Government’s annual survey of community engagement and cohesion has been published for the year 2016-17, showing that:
- Around a fifth (22%) of adults said they had taken part in formal volunteering at least once a month. When looking at all volunteering (formal and informal), nearly two thirds of adults (63%) had engaged at least once a year.
- Three quarters (75%) of adults said they had given to charity in the four weeks prior to completing the survey. The average amount given was £22.
- 85% of respondents felt that they belonged very or fairly strongly to Britain compared to 62% who felt they belonged to their neighbourhood.
Levels of community cohesion remained consistent with previous years, with four out of five respondents (81%) agreeing that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together.