More than 37,300 exclusions were made by teachers in the West Midlands last year in an effort to get a grip on ill-discipline in schools.
A thousand of the exclusions were permanent and due to severe breaches of discipline - equal to 0.12 per cent of the region's total school population.
Across the country, there was a four per cent rise in the number of temporary, or "fixed-term" exclusions, during the 2004/05 academic year, to 343,840.
Permanent expulsions, however, dropped by three per cent to just over 9,000.
Schools Minister Jim Knight attributed the rise in fixed-term exclusions to a tougher "short, sharp shock" approach to yobbish behaviour.
A teaching union, however, warned ill-discipline was the result of more pupils rebelling against the "awful regime" of testing within schools.
In Birmingham - Britain's biggest education authority - there were 8,741 temporary exclusions issued last year.
The figure equates to 9.7 per cent of the city's school population, though the figure includes pupils who have been excluded more than once.
Teachers in the city were forced to permanently kick out 290 pupils, 248 from secondary schools and 38 from primary schools. Four were from special schools.
But the figure represented a reduction of 76 on the previous year.
Birmingham's elected head of education Councillor Les Lawrence (Con Northfield) said the exclusion rate showed city schools were not prepared to tolerate bad behaviour.
"A very clear message has to be given to young people that in today's society we do not tolerate this manner of conduct," he said.
"Our schools have robust programmes on matters such as anti-racism and anti-bullying and they will impose serious sanctions such as fixed-period exclusions in line with their behaviour, anti-bullying, drugs and anti-discrimination policies when it is clear that these policies have been breached."
Pupils in Telford and Wrekin were the most likely to get excluded in the West Midlands.
More than 1,823 fixed-term exclusions were made - 17.3 per cent of the school population, including pupils excluded more than once.
Dudley was next with 2,845 (13.7 per cent of the pupil population) while Walsall had 1,337 (6.4 per cent).
Bill Anderson, deputy general secretary of the Birmingham branch of the National Union of Teachers, said the latest exclusion figures were just the tip of the iceberg of ill-discipline in schools.
"The exclusions mask a bigger problem which is that low level disruption by pupils results eventually in a school deciding it has to take this particular action.
"Where children have a diet of testing, teaching to tests, where the curriculum is being narrowed more and more and teachers don't have the freedom to create and innovate, you are going to get disaffected young people.
"In a strange way, exclusion is an intelligent response to the awful regime that is in our schools these days."
However, Mr Knight said: "The rise in fixed period exclusions reflects the tough approach schools are taking. They are using the short, sharp shock of a suspension to nip problem behaviour in the bud."
Nationally, pupils were suspended 8,240 times for attacking adults. There were also 2,620 cases where pupils were suspended for "sexual misconduct".
Other incidents involved pupils verbally abusing teachers, bullying classmates, racist abuse, theft, damaging property and persistent disruption.
n One in ten teenagers aged 16-18 has dropped out of education and work completely, Government figures show.
However, Government officials claimed the total number of so-called "Neets" - people within the age group not in education, employment or training - was falling.
Government education officials estimate there were 206,000 Neets by the end of last year. However, the total number of 16-18 year-olds who were in work, on courses, or training for work had reached a new record of 1.55 million.