Almost 1000 students suspended under new school violence rules

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ALMOST 1000 students have been suspended or expelled from WA public schools this term since the State Government toughened its stance on violence.

Seven students had been excluded by Tuesday, with another three recommended for exclusion, and 919 were suspended in the first four weeks of term for physical aggression.

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At the same time last year, no students had been excluded and 799 students had been suspended for physical aggression.

In 2017 only one student had been excluded and in 2016 there were no students expelled in the first five weeks of the school year.

“These figures show we have drawn a line in the sand; violence in schools will not be tolerated,” Education Minister Sue Ellery said.

Education Minister Sue Ellery.

“These are tough new measures to address intentional violent behaviour against students and staff.

“The action plan provides principals and teachers with new tactics to manage incidents and problem behaviour, including moving to expulsions for any student who intentionally instigates violence.”

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Facilities for the alternative learning settings pilot have been secured, including one in the north metropolitan area.

Workshops for school principals on how to implement the new action plan are being rolled out this term across all education regions.