Is Scotland’s school exclusion policy the one the UK should follow?

Scotland has all but wiped out permanent exclusions from its schools, according to official figures – while the number of pupils being excluded across the rest of the UK is on the rise. So should Scotland be applauded for its shift away from punishing students for poor behaviour? Or has the removal of the threat of exclusions made teachers’ lives more difficult? Emma Seith finds that government statistics might not tell the full story

Has Scotland got it right on exclusions?

My eight-year-old son drew a map of the area we live in recently. It encompassed just a few streets, but on it were marked his house, the homes of some school friends, where the pupil support assistant at his school lives and the school itself, which is just a 15-minute walk from our front door (or 10 if I’m rushing in with a forgotten packed lunch).

As a parent, I love that drawing because it tells the story of a child rooted in their community, connected to the place in which they live.

Gillean McCluskey, an exclusions expert at the University of Edinburgh, believes that Scottish ...

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