Fifteen children a day excluded for sexual bullying
Schools expel on average fifteen children every single day for sexual misconduct.
At least one of those who is suspended or expelled will be under the age of 11 and studying at primary school, according to official figures.
More than 3,000 children every year are excluded for offences including bullying, sexual assaults and sexual harassment.
The figures are released at a time when there are ever increasing concerns about the exposure of children to over sexualised culture of children and the prevalence of “sexting” - where young people share explicit images.
Campaigners claim that the sexualisation of society and easy access to internet pornography is to blame for the disturbing figures.
Yesterday the National Union of Teachers warned that girls are being damaged by increasing exposure to an over-sexualised “raunch culture” at a young age.
Statistics from the Department for Education show that in 2009/10, there were 3,330 exclusions for sexual misconduct. In 2010/11, a further 3,030 children were excluded for the same reason.
The 6,000-plus cases include accusations of lewd behaviour, sexual abuse, assault, bullying, daubing sexual graffiti, and sexual harassment.
The 2010/11 total includes 200 exclusions from primary schools - 190 suspensions and ten expulsions, according to the figures.
And the number of expulsions may be the tip of the iceberg, as deputy children’s commissioner Sue Berelowitz has warned MPs that head teachers are reluctant to tackle sexual exploitation as they are afraid of the message it will send out about their schools.
She said that some bullying actually amounts to sexual violence but is being overlooked.
A survey by the NSPCC last year discovered that 30 per cent of secondary school teachers and 11 per cent of primary teachers knew of incidents of “sexually coercive” behaviour by students toward their peers
Floella Benjamin, the former children’s presenter, has warned that violent online porn which is leading youngsters toward a “moral wasteland” as girls become increasingly sexualised and boys treat them as objects.
Claire Perry, the Prime Minister’s adviser on childhood, told the Daily Mail: “These statistics on expulsions confirm the uneasy sense that many parents have; that our children are operating
in an increasingly sexualised culture which is spilling over into the classroom.
“We need to be aware of the problem and crack on with plans for family-friendly internet filters, clean wi-fi and improved adult content blocks on mobile phones, as the Government has promised.”
Last week the Association of Teachers and Lecturers heard that girls as young as 13 are taking part in homemade porn movies, and the NSPCC has seen a rise in the number of girls calling ChildLine claiming to have be victims of sexual violence.
NSPCC spokesperson Jon Brown called for teachers to be given proper training to deal with the issues.
In 2011 Chevonea Kendall-Bryan, 13, fell to her death from a block of flats whilst begging a boy to delete a secretly recorded sex video of her.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: ‘Exclusions for sexual misconduct are extremely rare and are decreasing, with these statistics representing less than 0.05 per cent of pupils across the country.”