This episode considers what schools can do to identify vulnerable students who may become at risk of suspension or exclusion and how we can intervene to pull them back from the brink.
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Official figures show the number of suspensions and exclusions is increasing year-on-year, not least due to persistent disruptive behaviour.

Related factors seem to include unmet mental health and SEN needs, poverty, safeguarding issues, trauma, criminal exploitation, social media, and more.

In this episode, we chat to a secondary school headteacher and a virtual headteacher to find out what they are seeing on the ground.

We ask what preventative actions schools can take to keep students in school and what the signs are that we need to be alert to that a student is on a suspension/exclusion trajectory.

We discuss a graduated response to supporting students and the role of the school environment and climate for learning, including how routines and expectations can help and “teaching” behaviour.

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