Magazine
Latest Issue

Excluded schoolchildren must not be social castaways 

Permanent school exclusions have risen by 60 per cent in four years, with disturbing consequences for vulnerable young people and wider society 

By James Scales  

Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images

As we approach GCSE results day, many of England’s excluded schoolchildren perch dangerously on the precipice of failure.

For these individuals, the future looks desperately unwelcoming. Many go to non-mainstream, alternative provision (AP) institutions where under half take GCSEs in English and maths, and just 4.5 per cent get a good pass in both subjects. More than four in 10 students who complete their GCSEs in AP do not progress to sustained education or training, and face instead a treadmill of insecure work. Fifty-eight per cent…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect