Ian Thompson is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on social justice in education including the effects of poverty and social class, collaborative learning, and school exclusion. He is a co-Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project Excluded Lives: The Political Economies of School Exclusion and their Consequences.
Alice Tawell is an ESRC funded DPhil Candidate at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the enactment of school exclusion policy in England. She is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC funded project Excluded Lives: The Political Economies of School Exclusion and their Consequences.
Understanding school exclusion
In this session we will explore the school exclusion landscape in England. We will begin by explaining the formal school exclusion process and the duties of different stakeholders. We will then outline the current rates of suspension and permanent exclusion in schools, including the disproportionate overrepresentation of certain groups, before turning to look at what may lie below these surface level figures, and the consequences of school exclusion. Against this backdrop, we will then draw on preliminary findings from two ESRC funded research projects: Excluded Lives and Enacting national school exclusion policy at the local level in England to explore the contextual factors that may affect decision making around school exclusion. We will end by reflecting on the implications of these findings for developing inclusive practices in schools.