Achievement for All – the leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with schools and settings to improve outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement – has today (07.05.19) welcomed the Timpson Review of School Exclusions.

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO at Achievement for All said: “We welcome this important and vital review into exclusions. Too many children and young people are excluded, slip through the net and fail to receive the education they deserve.

“With an inclusive and whole-school approach to education, permanent and fixed period exclusions can be reduced and futures transformed. Through our work with over 3.86 million beneficiaries including pupils, teachers, parents and carers, we know that many schools don’t feel well supported or equipped in this area.  We need to ensure they have access to a framework that focuses on quality teaching and learning, use appropriate interventions and engage parents and carers effectively. Parent and carer engagement must be viewed as an integral part of school engagement - not an add on.  We developed our Achieving Schools programme to meet these needs. In 2018, we reduced school exclusions in the settings we worked with by 70%. As the Timpson Review of School Exclusions states, a well-functioning system is needed to support all children and young people.

“Exclusion from education must be avoided and we look forward to working with the government and other organisations in this area to ensure every child, irrespective of their background challenge or need, can achieve.”

Achievement for All is particularly concerned about the higher incidence of permanent and fixed period exclusions amongst children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those from less advantaged families, looked after children, children in need and others facing multiple disadvantages.

These young people are more likely to leave secondary education at age 16 without the basic skills in reading and maths to get a job. For many, they will be living in an area of England with high unemployment, low aspirations and limited opportunities for experience and skill development.

Achievement for All exists to close the gap and ensures children and young people can thrive given the right educational support and opportunities. The Achieving Schools (5-16 years) programme works closely with primary, special, secondary and free schools to dramatically enhance the goals and outcomes of their pupils.

In addition, the charity offers their Achieving Wellbeing programme specifically focused on improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of education settings with two of the four modules focused on making sense of behaviours and developing inclusive classroom practice.

In March 2018, Achievement for All launched their manifesto, Every Child Included in Education which highlighted five priorities to combat social mobility, one of the five priorities being reducing the number of children and young people being excluded in education. The manifesto was backed by a wide range of organisations, schools and individuals. You can read or download the manifesto here.