Edward Timpson has published a landmark review of school exclusions in which he makes 30 recommendations to ensure exclusions are used appropriately. The Department for Education has agreed to all 30 recommendations in principle, including the proposal that the DfE should publish the number and rate of exclusions of previously looked after children who have left local authority care via adoption, Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order. The review contains a section on variations in exclusion rates, including for children who have been supported by social care. Analysis for the review found that children who have a Child Protection Plan are around 3.5 times more likely to be permanently excluded, and children who are looked after are around 2.3 times as likely to be permanently excluded than children who have never been supported by social care.

 

Further information is in this DfE news story. The review and the government response can be downloaded from the Gov.uk website. Details of the MPs debate on the review are on the UK Parliament website.

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