On Thursday 16th September MPs will debate the Government’s progress on implementing the recommendations of the Timpson Review, a report which recommended reforms to support for children and young people at risk of school exclusions.
We see every day how the current school exclusions process is failing too many children and young people. The majority of the pupils we work with have unmet special educational needs or are managing a mental health problem without support. Others have experienced criminal exploitation, domestic abuse and other adverse circumstances which have contributed to their behaviour. They tell us that they want schools to listen to them, treat them with respect, and give them the right support to learn. Instead, we routinely see them pushed into a cycle of escalating sanctions, often ending in a permanent exclusion.
Our briefing sets out our calls for reform to the school exclusions system, alongside a series of questions to inform the debate on what progress the Department for Education have made towards tackling these issues.