Expulsion pain

18th February 2005 at 00:00
The difference between managed moves and permanent exclusion is like the difference between having a root canal filling or extraction without anaesthetic ("Exclusion? That's just so 2004", TES, February 4).

Managed moves are not better than having more in-school specialist options, and no one claims they are. But at times of crisis, it is no solution to blame the school. Managed moves encourage long-term individual planning based on the child's social learning needs (not the punishment and rejection of permanent exclusion) and can include temporary and part-time alternatives as well as transfer to a new school. They can also increase family participation. So references to "revolving doors" and "passing the problem from one school to another" are misleading.

The article does not mention huge reductions in permanent exclusions where managed moves have been adopted. In Stoke-on-Trent, for instance, the numbers have fallen year on year from 73 to 17.

Your writer is right to be concerned about standards. An explanation of Inaura's recommended approach can be obtained by emailing poonam@inaura.net.

Adam Abdelnoor Chief executive Inaura the Inclusion Charity 65 Central Hill, London SE19

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