She said: “As always, these figures make for sobering reading, particularly when we see the continuing disproportionate exclusion of pupils in poverty or with a special educational need. These figures highlight that schools are consistently underfunded and increasingly understaffed, particularly at secondary, and are left to bear the brunt of the inevitable failure to meet the range of complex needs that pupils in the most challenging circumstances have.
“And what happens to those who have been excluded? We know that their outcomes are often far from good. We hope that the Government will pay heed to the message of these figures and bring forward plans and resources for increased support for alternative provision and pupil referral units as a matter of urgency.
“For many years, children and young people with SEN have been woefully overrepresented in exclusion figures making it all the more damning that the Government just missed a crucial opportunity to revise their exclusion guidance for schools in regards to SEND.”