Progress Following Exclusions Report

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17557
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What progress has been made on the commitments outlined in your response to our report on exclusions?

Answer

Progress Following Exclusions Report

Progress Following Exclusions Report

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since my response on 28 June to the Education Panel’s exclusions report, I have progressed this work with my Health, Education and Youth team and my Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). In July, I announced that the VRU will be funding a programme to reduce school exclusions which will support schools to become more inclusive and nurturing, as developed in Glasgow. I am working with schools, local authorities and communities to deliver a programme of support for young people at difficult points in their school journey. There will be a particular focus on those with special educational needs and support for transition from primary to secondary school. I will also expand and promote after-school provision, especially activity for young people during the times of 4-7pm during the weekdays.

My Stepping Stones schools have been running summer schools during the holidays for 400 vulnerable 11-year-olds who are about to move to secondary school. My team have received profiles from around 100 of the new 2019 Schools for Success which explain how they have been supporting their most disadvantaged pupils, these will be published on www.london.gov.uk/schools-for-success later this month. I published the updated London Education Report on 8 July which provides London specific information on exclusions www.london.gov.uk/london-education-report  On 14 October, a GLA-Whole Schools SEND seminar will be held at City Hall to share best practice from schools and other experts around tackling unnecessary exclusions and providing the right early support.