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The true cost of excluding a child: £370,000

As new research shows, school exclusions result in huge personal and societal costs. What can be done?

By Danny Swift  

Photo: David Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Permanent exclusion from school usually marks the end of a long struggle to keep a child in mainstream education. Unfortunately, it often also marks the beginning of a life of unemployment, poor health and crime. In addition to the inestimable/immeasurable costs suffered by the child, IPPR’s recent comprehensive study into school exclusions estimates that each cohort of excluded pupils goes on to cost the public purse an additional £2.1 billion, in benefits, healthcare and criminal justice costs.

Researchers at IPPR used government statistics and analysed data…

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