14/08/2014 16:48 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Raunch Culture Blamed For Pupils As Young As 11 Expelled For Sexual Bullying

'Raunch culture' blamed for pupils as young as 11 being expelled for sexual bullying

A child under 11 years old has been suspended or expelled from school because of sexual misconduct.

The exclusion has emerged in a shock new report that blames 'raunch culture' for 15 children a day being expelled for sexual bullying.

More than 3,000 children every year are excluded for offences including bullying, sexual assaults and sexual harassment.

The National Union of Teachers has 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 in February we reported how Claire Perry, David Cameron's 'childhood guru', had warned that boys as young as 11 and 12 are texting sexually explicit photographs and messages via social media.

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 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."

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