• Is this the real exclusions 'scandal' - leaving too many kids in mainstream?

    How can the education committee claim the current level of school exclusions is too high, when no one even knows what the correct level should be, argues John Blake Every child in England is entitled to an education. Thus, this week’s report from the parliamentary education committee, on the experiences of students removed from mainstream schools as

    12.00 Jul. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Make schools publish termly exclusions and leavers data, and 9 other recommendations from the education committee

    Schools should be forced to publish termly data on the number of exclusions they make and the number of pupils who leave of their own volition, MPs have said. The parliamentary education committee has released a report on exclusions, which calls for a “bill of rights” for excluded pupils and improvements to alternative provision. Here

    0.01 Jul. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Out-of-date pregnancy guidance isn’t helping schools, say critics

    A worrying lack of up-to-date guidance on how to ensure pregnant pupils continue their education is fuelling a rise in the use of alternative provision for those expecting a baby. The government claims five-year-old advice on how to deal with pupils with “health needs” – which makes no specific mention of pregnancy – is good

    5.00 Jul. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Children prefer teachers who build relationships, research shows

    Children studying in alternative provision favour teachers who they think teach well, according to new research, a perception which significantly contributes to in-class behaviour. Pupils were also found to prefer teachers who build strong and lasting relationships, according to research which studied young people across four alternative provision settings undertaken by Newman University in Birmingham.

    0.01 Sep. 7th, 2017 | News