Best Practice

Exclusion: Back from the brink?

Finishing her three-part series focused on exclusion and the negative impact that this can have for so many young people, Karen Sullivan looks at why and how we might keep more students in the mainstream system

Exclusion is a final resort – the ultimate punishment and also, ultimately, a strong indication that a school has given up on the excluded pupil. While the grounds for this can be valid, it is increasingly clear that exclusion is over-used, with more and more children in the alternative provision sector, and many receiving little or no significant secondary and/or further education at all.

Does exclusion really work? Does it dissuade other students from problem behaviours? The jury is out on that one. What we do know is that there are alternatives that will benefit both schools and individual pupils in the short and long term.

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