A rising number of students are “abandoned” after being excluded from school in what is a growing education “scandal”, MPs have warned. The Independent reports.
Parents are forced to deal with an exclusion system like the “Wild West” with too many pupils moved to alternative provision who should not be there, the report noted.
The MPs have called for schools to be held accountable for all pupils that have spent time at the school – through altered league table measures and the introduction of an “inclusion” measure.
“The exclusions process is currently weighted in favour of schools and leaves parents and pupils fighting a system that should be supporting them,” the report said.
The committee has recommended introducing a “bill of rights” for pupils and their parents which it said should include a commitment that schools publish their exclusions rates every term.
Examining the reasons for a rise in exclusions, the report said there was evidence of a rise in “zero-tolerance” behaviour policies which were creating school environments “where pupils are punished and ultimately excluded” for incidents that could and should have been managed by the school.
Conservative MP Robert Halfon, chair of the committee, said: “We need a Bill of Rights for parents and pupils who access alternative provision and they deserve someone in their corner to be their champion during the often-difficult process of trying to get the best possible support.”
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