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Permanent exclusions fall in city schools

Published Thursday, 07 November 2019

A new partnership approach has seen the number of pupils permanently excluded from Coventry schools fall.

The Coventry Supported Transfer Protocol was implemented in July 2018 with the aim of supporting all pupils to remain in mainstream full-time education.

Its early success has seen the number of permanent exclusions in secondary schools fall from 121 in 2016/17 to 40 in 2018/19.

For primary schools the number has fallen from 33 to 21 in the same period.

A supported transfer allows a pupil to be moved to a different mainstream school rather than be permanently excluded. The pupil will be given support and space to address the issues that may have been a factor in their transfer.

So far there have been 167 supported transfers with 75 pupils having been successfully transferred to a news school, with 68 still ongoing and 24 returned to their original school.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We believe every child deserves to have access to high-quality full-time education and I’m delighted the supported transfer protocol is already showing great results.

“This kind of innovative approach can only work if each school works together. In Coventry we are proud to have a family of schools who work closely with the Council and other partners for the benefit of all Coventry children and not just their own schools.”

“A pupil can reach the point of exclusion for many reasons, but rather than simply permanently exclude them it is so much more beneficial for everyone if we can agree a managed transfer that may well give that pupil a fresh start.”  

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