The education department's budget for children out of school or at risk of exclusion is one of the highest in the region. We currently spend more than pound;3 million - pound;500,000 of which is new money allocated this year.
I am sure Mrs Jansen recognises that the reasons for exclusion are complex and will not be solved by lone projects, however good. Schools need a final sanction, if only to protect the vast majority of well-behaved pupils.
Once a child is excluded they are offered a good level of support to help them get back into a mainstream school.
The department has also invested in a new post of social inclusion worker to support and develop links with many black and ethnic-minority voluntary groups that help children.
Councillor Louisa Woodley Croydon Council