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The link between school exclusions and violent crime

12 September 2018

London schools have seen a 26% increase in exclusion rates in the last three years.


Studies have shown young people who have previously been excluded either temporarily or permanently from school are more likely to be drawn into crime.


Excluded students are referred to Alternative Provision (AP), non-mainstream settings. This is meant to be a temporary measure but often these students remain there until they finish their GCSE exams.


Research shows that those excluded from mainstream education and in AP are the most vulnerable children, often with multiple complex needs. This could be anything from mental health issues, special education needs to unsafe or unstable home situations.


Certain demographics are also disproportionately affected; for every one girl permanently excluded, three boys were in the same position. Black Caribbean pupils are educated in pupil referral units at nearly four times the expected rate.


The Education Panel will tomorrow discuss the reasons behind the increase in exclusions from secondary school, the likely consequences of exclusion in terms of educational achievement and what can be done to reduce exclusions and meet the needs of the most vulnerable. The guests are:


  • Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Children's Social Care, Education and Young People, London Borough of Hackney
  • Kiran Gill, Chief Executive, The Difference
  • Seamus Oates CBE, CEO, TBAP Multi Academy Trust


The meeting will take place on Thursday, 13 September at 2.00pm in The Chamber (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend


The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or YouTube 

Follow us on Twitter and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyEdu and #SchoolExclusions


Notes to editors

  1. Agenda papers
  2. Jennette Arnold AM, Chair of the Education Panel, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.
  3. Education Panel
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Funmi Olutoye on 020 7084 2713.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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