Exclusion warning as schools braced for 'fresh behavioural challenges' after lockdown

Schools must not turn to exclusion as a solution for the “fresh behavioural challenges” that are expected after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted and pupils return.

Furthermore, Ofsted inspections should be frozen until at least 2021 and retired and returning teachers should be recruited to deliver extra support for pupils when they come back to school.

A report into how we might temper the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on pupils, especially the disadvantaged, has also called for a £1bn doubling of the Pupil Premium for a year for certain pupils.

The proposals have come from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think-tank, which has called for new government guidance on inclusion in schools in order to prevent a rise in exclusions when pupils return.

It says that there should be a renewed focus on preventing exclusions and off-rolling, which research shows to disproportionately affect disadvantaged, vulnerable or looked after children (Hutchinson & Crenn-Jennings, 2019).

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