Date lodged: 14 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it is responding to the number of school exclusions in the most deprived areas.
Answered by: John Swinney 29 August 2017
Improving the life chances of all our children and young people is vitally important. That is why the Scottish Government recognises the important role of our education system and the need to provide a positive and inclusive learning experience for all school pupils.
The Scottish Government published its refreshed guidance “Included, Engaged and Involved Part 2: A Positive Approach to Preventing and Managing School Exclusions” on 19 June this year. This guidance focuses on the importance of early intervention measures to prevent the need for exclusion and it promotes the importance of positive relationships in schools, recognising that exclusion should only be used as a last resort and where it is a proportionate response.
The guidance also highlights the importance of schools and education authorities recognising the impact that exclusion can have, particularly on disadvantaged children. We recognise that excluded and disengaged learners may require additional support, which is why Education Scotland provides support and advice through a range of national networks and working parties for schools, wider education partners and third sector groups who are working to improve educational outcomes for learners at risk of being excluded.