CITY chiefs are to slash funds spent on children with behaviour problems despite pupils in Southampton's secondary schools being branded the worst behaved in the country.

They are sticking to plans to cut £2.81m from the education budget - including cash spent by schools on extra learning support assistants for problem pupils.

Unions have attacked the cutbacks but council bosses have vowed that they will not affect schools' ability to deal with unruly pupils.

The Echo can reveal the proposed cutbacks just days after Southampton was found to have the highest pupil suspension rates in England for physical or verbal assaults against staff.