Expelled boy, 12, without school for year after ‘pushing teachers to the limit’

A youngster who was kicked out of school for bad behaviour has now spent a whole year out of education after no replacement was found.

Riley Roberts, aged 12, was booted from Haywood Academy in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, after multiple warnings and temporary exclusions for misbehaving.

But his fuming mum Katey Cowans and step-dad Dan Walker have blamed the school as they claim it didn't give their child enough support in lessons.

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Dan told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “He was always wanting attention and pushing teachers to the limit. They couldn’t handle him.

“My partner was constantly called in to talk about his behaviour. Their answer appeared to be to always exclude him – and that didn’t help.”

He claimed it took eight months before a tutor came to visit troublesome Riley at home and said they only spend 30 minutes a day with him.

Seething Dan added: “They recognised straight away that mainstream school isn’t for him but nothing was done about it. Due to his behaviour, and how he was, I was expecting it.

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“I have always said that he needs one-to-one work and a special school. It’s a joke and this should have been dealt with by now but no-one is doing anything.

“There should have been a school board review where we sat down and talked about what’s best for Riley. This should have been done last year when he was expelled.

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“He is very immature and needs to be around people his age. He is not growing up as he is spending a lot of time with his younger brother.

“He needs to go back to school and be around people again. If he puts his head to it then he can do it.”

But Haywood Academy has stuck by its decision, claiming “all agencies and support services were engaged with which far exceeded the limits of the support plan that accompanied him”.

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They added: “There are no records of parents not being satisfied by the extensive support offered to this young person.

“Indeed since the final incident which led to the young person no longer being able to attend, academy staff have remained in contact with the family and the agencies to support further."

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed it is aware of Riley's struggles.


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