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Edward Timpson’s report into school exclusions

May 9, 2019

Edward Timpson’s report into school exclusions makes 30 recommendations to address the growing trend for vulnerable children including those with SEND being excluded.

Parent carer forums have been telling us of their rising concerns about exclusions of children with SEND from school. In our survey in 2018, 95% of forums that responded had evidence of concerning and possibly illegal school exclusion practices in their local area.

 

NNPCF co-chair, Maureen Morris said:

“The NNPCF welcomes the publication of the Timpson Review on School Exclusions. The report mirrors what our member forums have been saying and we are pleased that the Government has agreed to implement all of the recommendations in the report. A good education is an important right for all children and young people whatever their needs are.”

In his report, Edward Timpson recognises many of these concerns and makes 30 recommendations grouped into 4 areas:

  • Ambitious leadership: setting high expectations for every child
  • Equipping: giving schools the skills and capacity to deliver
  • Incentivising: creating the best conditions for every child
  • Safeguarding: ensuring no child misses out on education

However, the scope of the inquiry was limited to formal exclusions. In our evidence and representations to the inquiry, the NNPCF also drew attention to unofficial exclusions such as part time timetables, missing school trips, access to school clubs, and teaching in isolation. These areas were, however, beyond the scope of this inquiry although Edward Timpson did recognise them in his report:

“Neither informal exclusion nor off-rolling are exclusion and they should not be conflated with schools following the proper exclusion process. They are quite simply wrong.”

We will continue to raise these concerns with the Department for Education, Ofsted, and school leaders.

 

For a copy of Edward Timpson’s report see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/edward-timpson-publishes-landmark-exclusions-review

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