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Anticipated Surge in School Suspensions & Exclusions as England Braces for Record High Suspensions In 2024

Current figures state England is trending towards the highest volume of school suspensions within a single year. Data released at the end of 2023 shows that the rates of exclusion are almost back to pre-pandemic levels.

Department for Education (DfE) statistics show that in the spring term of 2022/23, the number of school suspensions rose to 263,904, showcasing an increase from the 201,090 recorded in the spring term of 2021/22. Moreover, the number of permanent exclusions surged to 3,039, marking a noticeable rise from the 2,179 instances in the spring term of 2021/22.

Alternative Provision providers are reporting that they are overwhelmed with the numbers of excluded pupils. With the Suspension and Permanent Exclusions Guidance updated in September 2023, the conversation about this topic is set to continue into 2024, where it is believed that it will be the worst academic year in years.

The statistics provided by the DfE state that the most common reason for suspensions and permanent exclusions was ‘persistent disruptive behaviour.

The report goes on to explain that this is in line with previous terms and years where this was the most commonly recorded reason for suspension and exclusion.

We understand that this is cause for concern for education leaders and DSL’s. The landscape is changing - from a law and guidance angle, to how we approach and strategise reintegration and tackle persistent, disruptive behaviour.

We, however, have a solution.

We will be holding a Suspensions and Exclusions Conference on the 8th May 2024 to address these issues and more. Why not join us for a comprehensive, full-day conference dedicated to exploring the intricacies of this challenging domain, ensuring your knowledge remains current and effective.

Engage with a diverse panel of experts who will delve into topics aimed at guiding you in the appropriate use of sanctions and implementing strategies to reduce suspensions and exclusions in education.

Key aspects of this conference include:

·      Early identification of vulnerable students

·      Fostering an inclusive curriculum

·      Effective reintegration methods

·      Collaboration with parents and caregivers

·      Addressing persistent disruptive behavior, and more.

If you are interested, you can click here to book our Suspension and Exclusion Conference 2024, or here to view our brochure and learn more about the day.

We look forward to seeing you there, but if you are unable to attend you may like to hear news from the day on Twitter by following @eduk_joanna #exclusionsconference

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