• OGAT and isolation rooms: what the data shows

    Opponents of isolation rooms claim they disproportionately punish the poorest and most vulnerable pupils. OGAT, one of the trusts under intense media scrutiny over isolation rooms, claims its strict behaviour policies are part of its “turnaround strategy” for the schools it takes over. Schools Week has data that sheds new light on those claims Some

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2019 | News

  • 'This is about social mobility': Academy trust boss defends exclusions record

    The boss of an academy trust under the spotlight for high rates of temporary exclusions has insisted strict behaviour expectations “prevent chaos” in its challenging schools. The Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) has been the focus of several articles this year for some of the highest rates of fixed-term exclusions across the country. As revealed

    7.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Trust praised by ministers tops suspensions tables in Ofsted's areas of concern

    An academy trust praised by ministers tops the fixed-term exclusions tables in four authorities that concern Ofsted Exclusions divide education. The government’s Timpson Review is currently looking at the practice and earlier this year Ofsted wrote to schools in ten local authorities about their high fixed-term exclusion rates. Six of those ten have provided figures

    7.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Can we get some clear messaging from Ofsted on exclusions?

    Ofsted is giving mixed messages to schools about exclusions, and it’s only going to push the problem underground, says Mark Lehain Recent years have seen ever greater attempts by Ofsted to be more transparent in its decision making, and engage more widely with professionals and the public. Being able to interact with senior staff at

    12.00 Dec. 5th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Students stage underground poster campaign against school exclusions

    An anonymous group of south London students have chosen GCSE results day to stage a protest about school exclusions, by replacing posters on the Northern line with images of an underground line running from ‘School to Prison’. The imaginary train line pictured on the posters travels from being ‘sent out of class’, through ‘detention’, ‘isolation’,

    17.05 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • More exclusions are definitely NOT the answer

    Jules Daulby hits back against the claim that the number of pupils being excluded from mainstream schools might be too low In a recent article for Schools Week, John Blake, head of education at the influential think tank, Policy Exchange, appears to be fist-pumping the air, celebrating the rise in exclusions and salivating over the idea

    17.48 Jul. 31st, 2018 | Opinion

  • 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

  • Exam stress 'isn't new', and two other things we learned from ministers at education questions

    MPs grilled education secretary Damian Hinds at the House of Commons this afternoon, alongside the children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi, the schools minister Nick Gibb, and the skills minister Anne Milton. Issues including T-levels, GCSEs and exclusions were on the agenda, as well as other topics such as the swimming curriculum. Here’s what we learned. 1.

    18.51 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News

  • How can we improve outcomes for excluded pupils?

    Fifteen years ago I met a vicar in a bar in Oxford who had spent 20 years working in prisons with violent male offenders. He told me that the youngest ones only had two shots at turning their lives around. “Either they find Jesus, or their girlfriend gets pregnant and they suddenly get the preciousness

    5.00 May. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Permanent exclusion is the punishment of last resort, but it's sometimes necessary

    Even with an inclusive approach and a clear behaviour policy, permanent exclusion is sometimes necessary to protect staff or students, says Jacqueline Valin Pupil exclusions are finally on the political radar, and it’s heartening to see the issue being publicly examined. With permanent and fixed-term exclusion rates on the rise, the question of when, or

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | Opinion