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Violence Reduction Unit – school exclusions

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

Following the Violence Reduction Unit Partnership Reference Group meeting on 26 November 2018, what work will the Violence Reduction Unit be doing around school exclusions and pupil referral units?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I recently called on the Government to address the issue of exclusions and off-rolling of pupils, in recognition that those excluded from mainstream education are at significantly greater risk of becoming involved in or affected by serious youth violence. The VRU and partners recognise that school inclusion and working with education providers is essential to keeping young people safe. The work programme discussed at the Partnership Reference Group included a commitment to: Reduce the number of young people excluded and missing from mainstream education at both primary and secondary levels.

We will build on the recently published Timpson review and existing work in City Hall and beyond to achieve this. The VRU will be working with GLA Education & Youth, schools, and other partners to progress this.