More than 1000 four- and five-year-olds were suspended from Queensland schools in 2016, data from the Department of Education and Training shows.

The figures have prompted the head of a respected national education organization to suggested the prominent disengagement within early learning classrooms is due to the students mental development


In 2016, suspensions were handed out to 1028 prep-aged children for a range of behaviours, including physical and verbal misconduct. This is compared to 572 in 2013.

Darren Godwell, CEO of the Stronger Smarter Institute, which specializes in Aboriginal schooling compared Sweden, the national lead in education outcomes to Australias’ early learning system



A department spokeswoman says most students are well behaved and last year’s suspensions represented just 1.1 per cent of the total number of students in prep.



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