• 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

  • Are zero tolerance behaviour policies legal?

    With the parliamentary education committee considering exclusions at present, barrister Russell Holland explains schools’ legal liabilities The education select committee has been reviewing exclusions and recently heard evidence about the way zero tolerance behavior policies potentially reduce inclusion. Its hearings even raised the question of whether zero tolerance policies are legal, especially given the fact

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Excluded pupils must have protective 'bill of rights', says education committee chair

    Excluded pupils should be protected by a “bill of rights” that would allow proper scrutiny of their school’s decision to kick them out, the influential chair of the education select committee has said. Robert Halfon is concerned about the lack of protection for pupils and their parents in situations where schools may have wrongly excluded

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • St Olave's u-turn on pupil exclusions

    A grammar school ejecting pupils in the middle of their A-levels has backtracked on its severe exclusions policy, saying all pupils affected can return to the school to finish their studies. St Olave’s grammar school in Orpington was revealed by The Guardian last month to be forcing out pupils who were not achieving the highest

    11.35 Sep. 2nd, 2017 | News