Getting Behaviour under Control 1: Deporting disruptive students – the new guidelines.
The newly established Office for Population Control (Opcon) has announced the publication of guidelines for schools and education authorities in England on the deportation of permanently excluded students (academy chains are encouraged to continue using their own internal security services which can buy into the scheme). This is part of the government’s initiative ‘Cracking down on bad behaviour in schools’. Des
tinations have been secured in the beautiful rural regions of Poland, Bulgaria and Romania and discussions with other national governments are well advanced. These destinations will be operated by Government approved UK education and leisure providers and staffed by specially trained experts.
Provision is being made for low-cost travel and accommodation for the families of our international students who wish to visit, using established and secure UK agents.
The guide, entitled ‘Making exclusion work’, builds on the well-established principle of the ‘Fresh Start’. While there is no reliable evidence for the educational justification for managed moves, which enable disruptive and other badly behaved students to leave their school without signifying a permanent exclusion in the school’s records, this behaviour management strategy has been used for a sufficiently long period of time for the reasonable assumption to be made that it is effective on several measures.
The parents or carers of disruptive students, having failed to ensure the appropriate behaviour of their children in school, are likely to be uncooperative and oppose any forced move of their children from school, in which case coercion is recommended as the most suitable strategy. Good evidence indicates that permanently excluded students are more likely than their peers remaining in school to abuse drugs and to be sentenced to a custodial prison sentence. Parents and carers should be informed of these risks, the adverse affects on their own health, income and welfare of having an excluded child permanently at home, and the benefits of accepting the considerable investment the Government is prepared to make to the benefit of their poorly behaved children. An additional argument is that it removes the responsibility entirely from demonstrably inadequate parents and carers for ensuring suitable educational and financial provision for their children.
To avoid these and other undesirable consequences, parents and carers are to be advised that the transfer of children at risk to secure, residential, educational accommodation overseas is in their best interest. As an additional inducement parents and carers will be offered free travel and accommodation for a two-week vacation close to their child’s placement in the first and year of such placement.
Shools are recommended to enable removed students to transfer during school term-time, to enable the authorities to take advantage of the lower travel costs at this time and a cash bonus is to be offered to schools to promote this. Monitoring and assessment of overseas provision will be carried out by Government appointed custodial providers and overseen by a new section of Ofsted, Opconsted based in Sofia and Prague.
- In 2013/14 there were on average around 26 permanent exclusions per day, compared to 24 permanent exclusions per day in 2012/13
- Exclusion rates for special schools are second only to those for mainstream secondary schools.
- Pupils with statements of SEN have the highest fixed period exclusion rate and are around 9 times more likely to receive a fixed period exclusion than pupils with no SEN.
- Pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals (FSM) are around four times more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion than those who are not eligible; this is similar to previous years.
- No records are available on the number of students who fail to re-enter education after being permanently excluded from mainstream and special school
- Persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for permanent exclusion.
- The number of permanent exclusions has increased from 4,630 in 2012/13 to 4,950 in 2013/14.
- Around 25% of all permanent exclusions are for pupils aged 14 and over 60% permanent exclusions are given to those aged between 12 and 14. 14 year olds also have the highest rate of fixed period exclusion, and the highest rate of pupils receiving one or more fixed period exclusions. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-exclusions