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School exclusion may lead to poor mental health

The Guardian reports on new research which suggests that excluding children from school can lead to psychological distress and long-term mental health problems. The study finds that exclusions may give children a temporary reprieve from difficulties at school – but if these difficulties are not addressed then the child’s behaviour may worsen on return to school, and have a greater impact on their mental wellbeing. Pupils with special educational needs such as those on the autism spectrum are more likely to be excluded, and the authors call for improved support for pupils to prevent exclusion from happening.

Date added: 21 August 2017