This article highlights the problem of what happens to pupils who have been permanently exluded. The govenment have proposed that excluded children should have the right to a full time education, which is very positive, but the problem remains that, in many boroughs, there is no suitable provision available for them.
It is high time that it was accepted that one size DOES NOT fit all and that some children just will not be able to access a meaningful education in a ‘normal’ school. There needs to be research into effective, value for money ‘alternative’ provision and a range of educational settings made available to our young people.
Fortunately, I think this is just beginning to become more of a reality. I recently read about and alternative provision called Engaging Potential which sounds superb. I really hope to see more settings such as this springing up and being supported and nurtured by Local Authorities.