Closing the door on exclusion
At one level East Renfrewshire has tackled the problem across three secondaries serving disadvantaged areas (page three). It has looked specifically at the most difficult pupils, and in a pilot Scottish Office project has offered extra support, not just to pupils themselves but to the teachers whose lives were no doubt easier when such pupils were excluded.
A single-school project at Hawick High (page 13) is less focused on the worst cases and is broader in sweep. Pupils - and their parents - have had to maintain a "home-school partnership card" emphasising the importance of uninterrupted learning. It shows the school's expectations. Some pupils will always find difficulty in meeting them, but clarity and consistency go a long way to obviating the need for later catch-up rescue initiatives.