New government statistics released today (July 30) show the latest figures for fixed-term and permanent school exclusions in England for 2018/19.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:
“Children excluded from school are often among the most vulnerable in our society. At Barnardo’s we see every day how adverse childhood experiences - from domestic abuse to parental mental health problems - can lead to challenging behaviour, which without the right intervention can result in expulsion.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have also exposed children and young people to an unprecedented level of trauma, loss and adversity. We need urgent investment in a programme of mental health and wellbeing support over the summer and schools must also be allowed to put the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils first when they return in the autumn, and establish a safe, nurturing environment so they can learn.
“Schools also need additional resource, specifically to help vulnerable pupils overcome trauma, drawing on expertise from charities and other partners. We urge the Government to work with schools, local authorities, the NHS and charities to place wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum and the school culture, so that every child has the support they need to thrive.”