Why ending school exclusions isn’t easy

“The only way to reduce exclusions at both primary and secondary level is to ensure earlier diagnosis and more effective interventions for special educational needs”, writes Neil Miller, the Guardian

“….We are finding that almost every child at risk of exclusion (or who has been excluded) has a special educational need of some kind, and the challenging behaviour being exhibited will be a manifestation of this….”

“But this is not easy, as it now takes longer than ever before to get an EHCP. This is partly due to a shortage of specialists such as educational psychologists and speech and language therapists, as well as the significant increase in the number of children with complex needs.”

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