IPPR report on the link between school exclusion and social exclusion
October 20, 2017
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a research report on breaking the link between exclusion from school and social exclusion. The report examines the impact of school exclusion in later life for young people and the role that the workforce (schools, public services etc.…) can play in addressing this problem. It identifies that excluded children are the most vulnerable in society, with those who are in the care of the state twice as likely, special education needs pupils seven times more likely, and those suffering from a recognised mental health problem ten times more likely, to be excluded.
Key findings of the report include:
every cohort of permanently excluded pupils will go on to cost the state an extra £2.1 billion in education, health, benefits and criminal justice costs
despite only 6,685 reported permanent exclusions last year, 48,000 of the most vulnerable pupils were education in the alternative provision sector, which caters for excluded students
once a child is excluded, they are twice as likely to be taught by an unqualified teacher and twice as likely to have a supply teacher
The report recommends a new programme should be established, which: develops expertise in the profession, connects exceptional teachers to schools for excluded children, and creates a community of leaders to drive increasing inclusion throughout the education system.
Governing boards should ensure they receive timely information about the number of pupils subject to fixed and permanent exclusions. See the recent Governing Matters article on the update to the exclusions guidance.