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The VRU 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 will run four initiatives that will: promote healthy relationships; support the transition from primary to secondary school; create a nurturing whole-school environment; and provide after-school provision to young, vulnerable people.
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.
As a public health approach to reducing secondary school exclusions would recognise the importance of interventions that also include primary schools, and other stakeholders like PRUs too.