School Exclusions

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health) 12:00 am, 20th March 2017

What assessment she has made of the adequacy of support provided to children excluded from school.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Department for Education)

There are, of course, duties to ensure that children who are excluded from school have education in place. Although there are some excellent examples of alternative provision across the country, overall outcomes for children who remain in AP are not good enough. That is why our ambition to make schools responsible for commissioning AP and to ensure that they remain accountable for the outcomes of those pupils, including in circumstances in which a pupil has been permanently excluded, is so important.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

Does the Minister share my horror at the dramatic increase in the number of permanent exclusions in Norfolk—296 in the last academic year, with 100 students, at the last count, waiting for a place at the short stay school? Given the awful results outcomes for children who are permanently excluded, what message will he send to Norfolk about sorting out this unacceptable situation?

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Department for Education)

Exclusions should always be a last resort, and we need to make sure there are no inappropriate exclusions in Norfolk or anywhere in the country. I am meeting the right hon. Gentleman on another matter, so perhaps we can discuss this at that meeting.