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Creating and promoting a climate of inclusion

Pupils who are labelled as naughty children almost always have underlying complex needs ranging from Attachment difficulties to undiagnosed conditions such as autism or ADHD. Exclusion is the last thing that these children need, but what can we do to avoid taking this step? Jackie Ward advises

The exclusion statistics for England (2017 to 2018) have been published and make interesting reading (DfE, July 2019). The report concludes that the rate of permanent exclusions of 0.1 per cent has stayed relatively stable across all settings, albeit still showing a slight upward trend. The rate of fixed-term exclusions has increased by eight per cent, mainly driven by secondary schools.

By far the highest rate of both fixed term and permanent exclusions occurs in boys aged 12 to 14, with girls also having a high spike in those years. However, as a SENCO and former EYFS and key stage 1 teacher, I am particularly concerned that 37 children aged four and under were permanently excluded, while more than 3,000 fixed period exclusions were also given to pupils of this age. Furthermore, the number of permanently excluded five to seven-year-olds is around 450, and fixed term exclusions of children aged seven and under have reached nearly 30,000.

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