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Teaching diversity… group sets out to tackle ‘racial disparity’ in expulsions

A NATIONAL campaign has been launched to combat unfair expulsions of black pupils.

No More Expulsions has been set up to tackle the ‘persistent racial disparities’ that see black pupils being excluded at three times the rate of white children.

Campaigners say a lot of these are down to ‘cultural nuances’ misinterpreted by teachers.

They cite examples such as boys being punished for wearing durag head scarves that are wrongly thought to be fashion statements, and a girl being banned for ‘kissing her teeth’ — an expression of contempt made by sucking air through the teeth.

Lana Crosbie (pictured), 44, who set up a branch in Bristol, said better teacher training and recruiting more black staff would help. ‘If we don’t break down the system those problems won’t change. If someone is already marginalised, it’s just another stick to beat them with,’ she said.