Strategic alternatives to exclusion by Carl Parsons (2011 rev. ed., Trentham Publishing) with a foreword by Dr Adam Abdelnoor 

This is the revised and updated edition of an original study which showed that local authorities, working collaboratively with their schools and clusters, can dramatically reduce exclusions and make permanent exclusions unnecessary.Through research in three low excluding local authorities and five high excluding local authorities, it shows how this is done.

The new chapters are written in response to current directives. The challenges and barriers are recognised but the way forward remains clear. The book fills the ground between school and national government, pointing to the responsibilities and powers that a supportive, challenging and conciliatory local authority has in respect of the education of all children, under whatever government administration.

Carl Parsons sets out an agenda for action which is about enlisting full support from local authority counsellors and officers, building a shared commitment with schools, broadening what schools are able to offer, developing managed moves as a conciliatory and non punitive response, generating more alternative provision and developing multiagency working, with greater involvement of the voluntary sector.

This is a book for everyone involved in managing the education of behaviourally challenging children and young people. It is of particular relevance to those working at the level of strategy and operation in local authority Children's Services departments and to managers in schools. Other services which receive school rejects will find the debates about appropriate provision helpful to their work.

--> Read the Preface to this book here.

Managed Moves: A Complete Guide to Managed Moves as an Alternative to Permanent Exclusion by Dr Adam Abdelnoor (2007, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)

'Managed Moves' sets out a humane and effective approach to the management of children at risk of permanent exclusion from school. Exclusion rejects people, breaks social links and risks losing the child to the streets. A successful, voluntary managed move leads the child to safe, supervised surroundings where their educational needs can be met, whether in a Pupil Referral Unit, college, or mainstream school, or a combination of these which could also include work experience.

This publication provides detailed guidance (including case studies, checklists, model letters and scripts) on how to facilitate a managed move and on the strategic development of this approach. Although the government has advocated the use of managed moves as an alternative to permanent exclusion since 2004, 'Managed Moves' is the first publication of its kind to be made available.

It will be of immediate and lasting value to headteachers and inclusion managers, government, education authorities, schools, Pupil Referral Units, and other centres of education. It provides practical guidance to those in and out of schools who deal with pupils' difficult and disruptive behaviour, poor attendance, and exclusion. It is also a valuable resource for social and youth justice workers and other health and welfare professionals currently involved in exclusions and managed moves in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.

In conjunction with the publication of Managed Moves, Inaura published it's own research report in 2007 called 'The use of managed moves as an alternative to permanent exclusion: a survey and analysis of the situation in England and Wales'. This was supported by the DfE, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Somerset County Council, New Philanthropy Capital, the Esmee Fainbarn Foundation, the British Academy and Lloyds TSB Foundations. 

--> Read the Managed Moves Report


Preventing Exclusions by Dr Adam Abdelnoor (1999, Pearson Education)

This book uses real-life case studies to help to identify potential problem pupils early on and suggests actions that can be taken to help prevent the child from being excluded. It was written in anticipation of tough targets set by the government for a substantial reduction in school excusions by 2002. 

Preventing Exclusions describes the common factors that underlie the situations of most excluded pupils, outlines an approach to managing their needs and suggests ways of reversing the downward spiral they can often find themselvesd in. It also provides help and practical suggestions on school exclusion policies.