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A four-year-old boy has been stuck at home for the past five months after he was expelled from school.
Laura Jordan says her son Zac, now aged five, has spent so long at home he is now scared to go outside, and didn't realise that the council are not required to get kids back into school if they are expelled before the age of five.
Her shock discovery comes after her son was kicked out of Holly Hill Church School for a number of behavioural problems, the Mirror reports.
The problems included a number of attacks on other pupils and staff, with Jordan believing her son has undiagnosed special education needs.
The 36-year-old mum believes Zac's undiagnosed needs cannot be dealt with in mainstream schools, with Worchestershire County Council apologising to the mum for failing to find a suitable school.
The council added that it is working with Laura to get Zac back into education.
Speaking to the Mirror, Laura said: "Zac started reception in September and within five weeks he had been permanently excluded.
"Ever since he's been out of school as he was only four and the compulsory school age is five. It's very rare for this to happen to a child his age."
She added that the incident is "pure discrimination" and that the it's not "morally right" that her son is "out of school when people the same age as him are able to go to school.
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"He's been left behind because he's been excluded and offered no alternative schooling provision. He's missed out on his education. This is going to affect him for the rest of his life."
Laura also says her son is feeling more isolated since he was expelled last October, saying: "I can't even get him to leave the house. I have to force him to leave just to go to the shops.
"He used to be happy outside the house. Now he doesn't want to leave and that's because he's not mixing with kids his age."
The mum now believes the UK's compulsory school age should be lowered to four-years-old, so that children expelled can start education instead of being left at home.
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A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Suspensions and permanent exclusions should only be used as a last resort, but we back headteachers to suspend or exclude pupils where it is necessary and helps maintain calm classrooms."
Marcus Hart, Worchestershire County Council's cabinet member for education, said: "Parent carers have a statutory right to ask for a particular educational setting and support for their child but it can at times be challenging to find the right place that has capacity and can meet a child's individual needs.
"We are sorry that we have been unable to source an educational provision for Zac that has been able to meet his needs for this period and we acknowledge this is unacceptable for Zac, indeed for any child."
"We are continuing to work alongside Ms Jordan and relevant healthcare providers and partners to ensure that we have a high quality, lawful Educational Health and Care Plan in place for Zac, that will help to ensure he receives the tailored help and support he needs at all stages of his educational journey.”
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