Permanent exclusions have dropped by 40 per cent across secondary schools in Birmingham after alternative provision was scrapped. Tes reports
The change came about following a series of “challenging discussions” with head teachers, according to David Bishop, head of service for alternative provision at Birmingham City Council.
He said that the council stopped commissioning AP places for KS4 pupils two years ago, when schools were told to find their own solutions. Since the new model was adopted, permanent exclusions from secondary schools have fallen from 185 to 111.
Meanwhile, the number of pupils below KS4 who are in alternative provision has dropped from 450 to 13, and is set to hit zero in September.
Mr Bishop, a former head teacher, told a conference on alternative provision in central London that the new approach involved “dialogue” with school leaders about the number of exclusions in their schools.
Mr Bishop said: “We had fairly challenging discussions about why these exclusions were occurring, and we were talking about children actually going back into the mainstream because the outcomes were much better for the children going back into mainstream school.”
Part of Birmingham’s approach is to give local schools training in the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) model, which takes account of the effect trauma can have on a child’s education.
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