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Exclusions of Minority Ethnic Pupils

Reducing informal, internal, fixed-term and permanent exclusions of minority ethnic pupils

“Exclusion rates vary by ethnic group. Pupils of ‘Gypsy/Roma’ and ‘Traveller of Irish Heritage’ ethnic groups have the highest rates of permanent exclusion but the population is relatively small and the figures should be treated with some caution. Pupils of ‘Black Caribbean’ and ‘White and Black Caribbean’ ethnic groups are around three times more likely to be permanently excluded than the school population as a whole.”
(The permanent and fixed period exclusion statistics from schools in England: 2011 to 2012 academic year, 25 July 2013)

The recent research reports on exclusions by the Children’s Commissioner for England have confirmed the disproportionate rates of exclusions of the minority ethnic groups. Observations are that “for a permanently excluded child the effects of exclusion can be long lasting.”

In view of the continued local and national dialogues on exclusion and the Equality Act 2010 and Hertfordshire County Council’s continued desire to address the needs of this group of pupils, Herts for Learning has been commissioned to provide support to Hertfordshire schools to address the disproportionate exclusion of ethnic minority pupils.
This programme of support to schools includes:

  • targeted pupil exclusion prevention workshops for BME pupils who are at risk of exclusion (nominated by their school)
  • parent support service for parents who are in dispute with school because of racial discrimination or a racist incident
  • exclusion prevention consultancy and/or training for school staff

Schools wishing to participate in this programme can:

  • refer parents to receive support discussions with an HfL adviser
  • refer an identified group of 4-6 Minority Ethnic pupils for prevention workshops • book training and/or consultancy either centrally or school based as appropriate.

Benefits to the school:

  • reduced incidents of exclusion will impact on the learning of these vulnerable pupils, helping to narrow the achievement gap and increasing overall school achievement rates
  • increase staff skill in motivating BME pupils, and Increase the opportunity to resolve parental concerns about racism and discrimination
  • opportunities to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships with ethnic minority pupils and parents.

For enquiries and referrals please contact:
Kate Stockdale - Teaching & Learning Adviser - Wellbeing & Vulnerable Groups (Traveller/BME/Equalities) Adviser on 01438 843299 or