Labour’s city academy schools are excluding almost three times more pupils than neighbouring schools.
Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act show that 8.7 pupils per thousand were excluded from a sample of 14 academies in the past school year.
This compares to 3.2 pupils per thousand excluded from secondary schools in neighbouring areas.
The academies programme allows businesspeople and companies to get control of a school if they donate £2 million. City academies now stand accused of using school exclusions to weed out “weaker” pupils and thereby boost the schools’ test results.
Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said, “The government’s claims that these academies are helping children from difficult backgrounds are just not true.”