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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 of…

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