School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

3 Jul

The Learning Renaissance

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues…

Almost 500 children have been permanently excluded from schools in Nottingham since 2012/13 – at a cost of £11.5m.

Figures released by Nottingham City Council show that 474 children were permanently excluded from city schools – both primary and secondary – between 2012/13 and 2016/17.

The cost of finding alternative provision for those children was £11.5m.

The figures show that 108 children – 22 primary-aged and 86 secondary-aged – were permanently excluded in 2016/17 at a cost of £2.6m.

The latest figures also show an increase in the number of exclusions – up dramatically from 39 in 2012/13.

The data has been released ahead of a meeting of the council’s Schools Forum at Loxley House on Thursday, June 22.


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