Impact of the exclusion

Impact of the exclusion


Every exclusion will have a significant impact on the young person. This is particularly true with permanent exclusion, which can be truly life-changing for the young people affected.

The available evidence indicates that children who have been excluded from school suffer adverse short-term and long-term outcomes. The ‘Timpson Review of School Exclusion’ identified that 7% of children who were permanently excluded and 18% of children who received multiple fixed-period exclusions achieved ‘good’ passes in English and math GCSEs in 2015/16. The Timpson review also highlighted that exclusion is a marker for being at higher risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime; 23% of young offenders sentenced to less than 12 months in custody in 2014 had been permanently excluded from school prior to their sentence date.

If you consider that the exclusion is proportionate, it may be appropriate to give the school's governors some general information on the impact of school exclusion, so they can make an informed decision about the gravity of the situation before deciding whether to uphold it.

Consider using the Suggested Wording document: Argument to the governing board: The exclusion will have a significant impact on the young person

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