More than 4,000 pupils were suspended from school in the last school year, according to new figures published by the Department of Education (DE).
A total of 4,048 pupils were suspended in 2016/17, a fall from 4,156 in 2015/16.
However, the number of pupils expelled rose from 19 in 2015/16 to 33 in 2016/17.
Just under a third of suspensions were given for physical attacks on other pupils or staff.
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