Review into the ‘inequality of school exclusions’

The government is launching a review to better understand why vulnerable and disadvantaged children are more likely to be excluded from school. Evidence shows children who learn in alternative schooling are less likely to achieve good GCSE grades and less likely to be in education, employment or training after the age of 16. Sky News reports. 

The most common reason for a child being excluded from school is persistent disruptive behaviour.

The law states permanent exclusion should be a last resort but the number of children falling out of mainstream schooling is on the rise. The last recorded figures show 6,685 pupils left mainstream education in England in 2015/16, compared with 5,795 the previous year.

The Anna Freud National Centre for children is managing to transform the lives of some of these children.

We met Anthony in a reading lesson, where he told us that school “wasn’t easy”. He added: “I had people bullying me, and I bullied other people, so I never got on with friends and I used to play around with the wrong people.”

The centre has a 100% success rate for getting children back into mainstream education and its teachers want to see it rolled out nationwide.

MP Edward Timpson, who is to carry out a review into school exclusions said: “As someone who grew up in a family who fostered, I’m all too familiar with the disproportionately higher levels of exclusion of some children, including those in care.

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