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Read the government respose to exclusion review.

Read the government respose to exclusion review.

Edward Timpson CBE

7 May 2019 Dear Edward, Thank you for your thorough, wide-ranging and important review of school exclusion. Your review adds considerably to understanding of current practice, and I welcome the recommendations you have made. The Prime Minister commissioned your review to investigate the variation in exclusion rates between pupils from different ethnic groups, as part of the Government’s wider commitment to reduce ethnic disparities. The analysis for your review has found that, when comparing children from ethnic minorities in aggregate with White British children, there is no substantial difference in exclusions rates. You also found that, when other factors about their background are taken into account, children from some groups (such as Black Caribbean children) are more likely to be excluded than White British children, while children from some other groups (such as Indian children) are less likely to be excluded. Every child deserves to receive an excellent education. This is as true for those in alternative provision as it is for those in mainstream schools; for those thriving at school and for those who may be at risk of exclusion. I know this is an ambition shared by teachers and school leaders across the country. I want teachers to be free to teach and pupils to be free to learn in a safe and ordered environment. This means supporting head teachers to use their powers to issue fixed-period exclusions (‘suspensions’) in response to poor behaviour and to permanently exclude (‘expel’) as a last resort. Like you, I agree that there is no optimum rate of exclusion.

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