Suspension not usually one-off

STUDENTS who receive a suspension are more likely than others to get suspended again and are less likely to complete schooling, according to a Victorian professor who studied the topic.

Five years ago, 3425 Tasmanian public school students received 7630 suspensions. Two years later in 2011, 7063 suspensions were given to 3151 students.

Figures on the number of suspensions given in 2012 and 2013 have not been released.


Victoria University education professor Roger Slee said suspension recidivism was a common occurrence.

Tasmanian Principals Association president David Raw said suspension was given after conversations with teachers and parents, behaviour contracts drawn and internal suspensions or after-school detentions.

"Suspension works in some instances but if you have a child who comes from a complex background, who has a learning difficulty, who exhibits socially unacceptable behaviours at school, suspension sends a message saying you are not operating in the community, you have lost the right to come to school," Mr Raw said.State School Organisation's president Jenny Eddington said students receiving suspensions had social worker or guidance officer reports conducted.


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