ASCL comment on exclusions

19 July 2018

Commenting on statistics released today about permanent and fixed-period exclusions, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“We are extremely concerned that this increase in exclusions is a result of the school funding crisis and cuts to local children’s services. Schools have had to cut back on the individual support they are able to give students making it more difficult to provide early intervention and prevent behavioural problems from escalating. At the same time council support services for vulnerable families have been cut back meaning that schools are having to pick up the pieces. Schools only exclude pupils as a last resort and when all other avenues have been exhausted. The government needs to provide the funding that is necessary to provide support at an early stage.”