Exclusion trap;Leading Article
Yet making sure that such young people do not become lost causes is surely a crucial role for LEAs -- which over the past decade have lost so many of their functions. Supporting the excluded, helping struggling schools to improve their performance, and coordinating provision across a local area would all be particularly difficult in a system of completely autonomous schools.
Local authorities are not just falling down on their legal and moral duty by abandoning those children who would benefit most from their support. Even an elementary notion of self-interest would suggest that doing a first-rate job on this front would make their future survival more likely -- and more justifiable.