Anne Longfield responds to Education Select Committee report on school exclusions
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Education Select Committee report on school exclusions, said:
“This very worrying report backs up what parents, children and teachers have been telling me – some schools are seeking to improve their overall exam results by removing some of their most vulnerable children from the school roll. Sadly this often includes a high number with Special Education Needs and Disabilities, who have no option but to go into inappropriate alternative provision or home education because they are seen as ‘too difficult’ or ‘too expensive’ too teach. As a result we don’t know what education, if any, thousands of children are receiving. These are also often the children most vulnerable to exploitation or grooming by gangs and others.
“There should be no place in the education system for off-rolling children to improve exam results, and school leaders must not game the system in this way. It is a growing problem that needs bold solutions, including looking at financial penalties for schools. Whenever possible the default should be for children to stay within schools.
“We all take school for granted as an essential experience as we grow up – it is part of our self-identity and the friendships we make at school can last for years. Yet for some of the most marginalised, this isn’t the case. Education is a right but they are not receiving it and many will live with the consequences throughout the rest of their life.”
Latest News from
Universal credit: Generosity takes many forms13/12/2018 15:20:00
Blog posted by: Chris Thompson, Children’s Writer, 13 December 2018.
Government’s Children in Need Review shows 1.1m children needed interventions from children’s services in last three years11/12/2018 14:20:00
Over the past three years, the Children’s Commissioner has been placing an increased focus on identifying children who are otherwise invisible.
Universal Credit must be halted until we can guarantee children in poverty will not be impacted05/12/2018 16:05:00
The publication of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s annual report into poverty makes for sober reading. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the JRF says there are now over four million children growing up in poverty in the UK.
Universal Credit: Three days that carry us through30/11/2018 16:10:00
Blog posted by: Chris Thompson, Children’s Writer, 30 November 2018.
What’s it like to be a child growing up with HIV?30/11/2018 09:20:00
Blog posted by: Chris Thompson, Children’s Writer, 29 November 2018.
Analysis shows children’s mental health services are showing signs of improvement – but a seismic shift in ambition still needed to meet demand22/11/2018 12:10:00
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Thursday) publishing new analysis by her office looking at the provision of children’s mental health services in England. The research comes ahead of the publication today (Thursday) by NHS Digital of the first prevalence survey of children’s mental health since 2004.
Anti-Bullying Week: The “B” word16/11/2018 14:47:00
Blog posted by: Chris Thompson, Children’s Writer, 16 November 2018.
Universal Credit: Heating or eating16/11/2018 09:20:00
Blog posted by: Chris Thompson, Children’s Writer, 15 November 2018.