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We need to reverse the trend that has seen a rise in permanent exclusions in England since 2012/13. We know it affects the most vulnerable children in society and risks abandoning them, damaging their life prospects, and bringing them into contact with violence – either as victims of it or as perpetrators.
The VRU’s role is an influencing one, using evidence and insight to inform an evidence base to advocate for a systemic change approach on exclusions.
The Unit has launched the Supporting Inclusive Schools programme. Sixteen boroughs were selected to participate, based on local crime and public health data, and the VRU’s assessment on potential for the greatest impact.
Each borough was required to select schools that have higher than average exclusion rates. Around 200 schools could benefit from this programme. I expect to find improvements in attendance, attainment, and behaviour, leading fewer children to be excluded.