Secondary schools are being fined millions of pounds a year for expelling violent and abusive pupils.
....Chris Keates, the general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said: "Clawing back per pupil funding is understandable, as this funding should follow the child.
"What is totally unacceptable is this removal of additional money, without any clear criteria. It undermines the Government's stated view that head teacher and governing bodies should be free to exclude pupils when it is necessary.
"Stopping schools from permanently excluding pupils not only puts the education of that child at risk but puts the education of other pupils at risk.
"More and more teachers are telling us that they are coming under pressure not to exclude pupils. Fining schools distorts the system and should be outlawed.
"The Government needs to launch its own inquiry, as it did with admissions, to look at which authorities are setting these arbitrary penalties."