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Exclusion and children with SEN

Friday 26th July 2013

Contact a Family is very disappointed that the rate of exclusion for children with special educational needs (SEN) has improved only marginally and has renewed its call for urgent improvements to teacher training.

Under new figures released by the Department for Education pupils with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) were eight times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion in 2011-2012 than those pupils with no SEN - in the previous year they were nine times more likely. Pupils with SEN without statements are around eleven times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion than pupils with no SEN - similar to the previous year.

Contact a Family wants to see urgent improvements to teacher training and an ongoing professional development system which increases teachers' understanding of special educational needs and inclusive teaching practices. But we also want to see the resources to back it up.

Jill Davies, SEN Adviser at Contact a Family said: "Schools need to be adequately resourced to identify a pupil's difficulties and provide the extra support they need, as early as possible, and well before exclusion becomes the only option. 

"Pupils with SEN already face educational challenges and exclusion from school is likely to put them at an even greater disadvantage. Supporting an excluded child also significantly increases the difficulties faced by families who may already have additional caring responsibilities."

Pupils with statements of SEN are six times more likely to receive one or more fixed period exclusions than those with no SEN and pupils with SEN without statements are five times more likely to receive one or more fixed period exclusions than pupils with no SEN.

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