“Permanently excluded children in England face significant disadvantage because of ‘broken system” – IPPR Think Tank
A recent news article from The Guardian covered exclusion of students and its ties to mental health issues in young people. ‘IPPR think tank says permanently excluded children in England face significant disadvantage because of ‘broken system’’.
As alternative education providers, we are commonly the next step for an expelled student. They will be transferred over to one of our schools either on a trial or permanent basis, depending on their progress and whether they become ready to be integrated back into a mainstream school environment.
We are working to change the statistics referred to by Sally Weale, the author of this article, including the estimation that ‘of the 86000-strong prison population, more than 54,000 were excluded at school.’ Although this may be the case, we have a duty of care to work to help every student that enters our school, not only academically, but as individual people too.
Our learners receive continuous support when it comes to mental health, with a level of education surrounding these issues discussed within the curriculum. We are a close knit community that poses a different atmosphere to a mainstream school. Our tutors and learners build strong relationships, with class sizes at around 6. Both a teaching assistant and tutor are within each room, offering one to one support for those who need it.
Our classrooms are more distraction free with a small group and two members of staff to keep everyone learning, motivated and on track for their futures.
All of the above aids to have an encouraging learning environment, which we hope will begin to change how these young people lead their lives upon finishing school in year 11. We tailor our curriculum to suit all students needs, with the aim of securing success in improvement levels during their time here at Progress Schools, academically, as a person and through their soft skills such as communication.