Record number of UK children excluded for racist bullying

Call for urgent action as rise in numbers blamed on ‘toxic rhetoric around immigration’

A record number of children are being excluded for racist bullying, a Guardian analysis has found, prompting calls for an urgent government intervention to tackle bigotry and prejudice in schools across Britain.

Last year, 4,590 cases of racial abuse among school students were deemed serious enough to warrant fixed or permanent exclusion, up from 4,085 in the previous year.

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