Making the difference: breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion
"“This report examines the cost of school exclusion, its causes and, importantly, the role that workforce development can play in addressing this growing national problem. New research into the causes of exclusion suggests that there are increasing numbers of children with complex and acute needs. These young people face challenges in accessing specialist services beyond their school, and the environments they learn in may be exacerbating their mental ill health. Often these pupils are excluded late in their school career, when much damage to their learning has already been done. Once they are excluded, often close to their exams, the teachers they work with are increasingly likely to be unqualified and only temporary.” [p9]
This is an immensely important piece of work, linking exclusion from school to young people’s social environment and then highlighting some of the impacts on their later life.