Why we care

Research into the long term outcomes for children excluded from school and not provided with a suitable alternative learning environment is indisputable. These children end up at much greater risk of commiting crimes, anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and self-harm.

Exclusion rejects people, breaks social links and risks losing the child to the streets. It takes the child out of a context in which we can engage with them, intervene and help. It marginalises the child and their family, which can trigger more resentment and antisocial behaviour.

The financial and social cost both to the individuals and society are far higher than the (comparatively) minimal costs involved ensuring that a place is found for every child. 

The direct cost of administering a permanent exclusion is in the region of £1000.  The lifetime social costs have been estimated as many times higher than this. 

With permanent exclusion, indirect and time costs are much more liable to mount up. These include:

  • Staff feeling that they have 'failed' and are discouraged
  • Staff time is required to write reports for the ‘exclusions dossier’.
  • Senior management time spent preparing the exclusion documents for the local authority (this can be considerable).
  • Governor and senior management time spent in hearing the parents’ appeal, which often follows a permanent exclusion.
  • Time and stress for all parties when parents request an independent appeal.