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Review of school exclusions in England

The Government has published a long-awaited review of school exclusions in England. The independent report looks at why particular groups of children, including children with special educational needs (SEND), are more likely than others to be excluded from school and makes recommendations on what needs to change. The Government has published its own response at the same time.

The report highlights the large number of children who are excluded from school who have SEND – these children make up 47% of all permanent exclusions, and 45% of all fixed-period exclusions. Autistic children are three times more likely to be excluded from school than children without special educational needs.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs and Social Change, said

The report is welcome recognition of this unacceptable situation. The Government’s own figures show that children on the autism spectrum are three times more likely to be formally excluded than children without special educational needs. As today’s report says, schools and councils must work together to make sure there is better support to avoid exclusions. For autistic children, this means making changes to behaviour policies, and ensuring that all school staff understand autism. 

Date added: 14 May 2019