How A Spike In School Exclusions Could Be Fuelling Knife Crime In London

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick launch a new Knife Crime Strategy to tackle the rise in knife crime across the capital

An explosion in teachers excluding “difficult” children may be driving the wave of violent youth crime across London, a leading education charity has said.

Kiran Gill, chief executive of The Difference, said her research had uncovered a 40% rise in school exclusions in the UK over three years. Four London boroughs are among the 20 local councils excluding the most children.

Pupil referral units (PRUs) – often the next destination for excluded children – were also in the grip of a staffing crisis and fast becoming “dangerous” places for young people, Gill said.

Those known to social services, or suffering with mental health issues, are ten times more likely to be pushed out of mainstream education, according to The Difference, which focuses on social exclusion. 

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