At a time when the rising tide of school exclusions is hitting the national headlines, North Yorkshire is beginning work with its schools to reduce the exclusion rate.
Increasingly education and regional and national leaders are pointing to exclusion as part of a downward spiral for children and young people as evidence shows that those who are permanently excluded suffer in terms of educational outcomes and life chances and are more vulnerable to gangs. Ofsted has said it will take into account a school’s exclusion figures in future inspection judgements.
The County Council recently decided to shift prevention funding from its pupil referral service to school partnerships to help drive forward a more inclusive mainstream culture so that young people can remain in their local schools with the right support and curriculum.
As part of this initiative the council is working with school leaders to share good practice such as that at Risedale Sports and Community College in Catterick, which is already taking concerted action to tackle exclusions and for the last six months has had no exclusions in school.