Learning from suspensions
EVERY year, about 16,000 second-level students are suspended from school for disciplinary reasons. The rate has risen from 4.9pc in 2004-05 to 5.3pc in 2007-2008, and it is feared that it will have risen again since 2008 because of the public spending cuts.
Meanwhile, 12pc of primary pupils and 17pc of post-primary pupils miss more than 20 days a year, and analysis of the patterns shows worrying trends with ominous implications for the future.
A report by Dr David Millar, of the Education Research Centre in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, shows that rates of lengthy absences vary from 14pc in traditional secondary schools to 23pc in vocational, community and comprehensive schools.