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Exclusions (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

Gavin Williamson CBE MP (Education Secretary) has also recently stated that school discipline will be the Government’s highest education priority and set out some severe and punitive measures such as silent corridors. Do you agree with me that, given London’s disproportionate rate of exclusions, a far more inclusive approach to school discipline is required?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

We know that the most vulnerable children in society are more likely to be either permanently excluded or not attending school.

Excluding pupils without sufficient support risks abandoning them and damaging their life chances. I agree that we need a culture shift, with an emphasis on inclusion and support for teachers to keep their students engaged in school. Evidence from Glasgow indicates that a nurturing child-centred approach is effective in reducing the numbers of children excluded and missing from school.

Through the three elements of my Inclusive Schools Programme I am supporting schools to embed an inclusive and nurturing environment. Nurture UK is delivering whole-school nurturing projects in 16 boroughs. Nurturing as a methodology, based on attachment theory, has been in use for over 50 years with proven results.