The number of pupils excluded from school has risen sharply over the past few years. To a great extent, this can be directly attributed to the increased competition between schools, following the introduction of the 1988 Education Reform Act. Many schools are concerned that children with behavioural problems will damage the image of the school and so can be reluctant to admit these pupils to the classroom. However, little has been done to follow up what happens to these pupils once they have been excluded from school, or to examine ways in which their exclusion might be prevented.
This collection, written from a range of professional perspectives, examines current trends in exclusion, including the consequences of exclusion. It also gives practical guidance on preventative strategies, based on real life experiences and examines how professionals such as teachers, social workers and other support agencies can work together to help to avoid exclusion.
'This is probably one of the most complete sources of information about the causes and far-reaching effects of exclusion from school that exists today … an important publication.' - British Journal of Social Work
'This is the most thorough publication on the issues of school exclusion that has yet appeared. It addresses what are some of the main issues.' - Robert Sanders, University of Wales, Swansea
'The book has many strengths, not least its refreshingly cross-disciplinary set of contributors. The chapters comprise a valuable collation of issues, insights and reminders in this general area.' - Child and Family Social Work 1998