The city had a problem with discipline and had an unacceptably high number of pupils suspended from class, until action was taken.
The change involved a reluctance to move too quickly to what is the last resort, and instead attempt to work constructively with pupils and families to address the problem.
While keeping children in class is positive, it has to be to ensure the problem is being dealt with and it is not only the exclusion figures which are improving, the behaviour has to improve too.
Disruption in class not only affects the education of the child concerned, but also that of the rest of the class and in the most serious cases has an impact on the working lives of teachers which affects education more widely.
Overall though, the reduction in exclusions is a significant achievement and reduction in truancy means more children have the opportunity of benefiting from an education.
We have seen, earlier this month, the improving results of pupils' Standard Grade and Higher results and every effort to ensure this recent trend continues must be welcomed and supported.