Report says expelled children are at greater risk of criminal exploitation and violence

A cross-party group of MPs and peers who are investigating knife crime have urged the government to reform school exclusions, warning that being expelled can be the tipping point that leads a young person to arm themselves with a knife.

They are concerned that too many pupils who are excluded from mainstream education, sometimes after minor breaches of zero-tolerance behaviour policies, end up on part-time timetables of as little as two hours a day in pupil referral units.

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