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Don’t let excluded pupils slip through the net

Fixed-term exclusions present challenges around safeguarding and can accelerate disengagement. But there are effective alternatives, argues Simon Pearse

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Where do students go when they get excluded from school? In an ideal world, they would remain in the safety of their own homes, under the watchful eyes of their parents. But in reality, this is often not the case.

The number of fixed-term exclusions issued in mainstream secondary schools is rising year-on-year. According to the Department for Education, a total of 381,865 fixed-term exclusions were issued across mainstream secondary schools during the 2016-17 academic year. Troublingly, students known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals are four times more likely to be excluded, ...

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