More than 150 Derbyshire pupils suspended over drugs

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One hundred and fifty-two Derbyshire pupils were excluded from school last year due to drug and alcohol misuse.

A further 33 pupils were excluded for sexual misconduct.

The figures, obtained through a freedom of information request, also show last year (2011-12) three teachers were also suspended due to sexual misconduct and so far in 2012-13 two have been suspended.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said pupils are offered support with drugs and alcohol problems.

She added: “The support available depends on the circumstances for each pupil.

“We have staff in our multi-agency teams who offer help and support to students and their families if there are issues surrounding drugs and alcohol.

“Students can also be referred to a specialist service who offer advice on substance and alcohol misuse for under 18s.”

Each school has a drug and alcohol policy based on national guidance from the Department for Education and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The council spokesman added: “If a student has an issue with drugs or alcohol then schools will normally find help for the student, support the family and do what they can to keep the student in education.

“Dealing in drugs is normally something that 
would lead to permanent exclusion.”

The council said that if any allegation is made about a teacher they take “immediate action and hold a strategy meeting.”

Said the spokesman: “This process is led by our safeguarding team and involves the school headteacher or head of governors, HR staff, police and other agencies as appropriate.