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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 2018.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North 12:00 am, 12th November 2018

At the weekend, Ofsted warned that gangs are slipping knives into children’s bags to get them expelled from school so that they can be recruited to carry drugs. Today, headteachers in London are told not to exclude too readily pupils with weapons, making them easy prey. The warning from Ofsted comes as the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield, calls for the Government to fine schools that expel children. What is the Government’s response?