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(UK) YET ANOTHER STORY on nationwide scandal of exclusions of SPED students

Aug 2, 2018, Bristol: Poor children and pupils with special needs kicked out of Bristol schools ‘to improve results’ https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/disadvantaged-children-special-needs-excluded-1853718 Children who take free school meals or have special needs are being excluded from Bristol’s schools more regularly than their peers…. It comes as two Bristol mums take Bristol City Council to court over its £5million cuts to SEND funding. The judicial review is the first of its kind in England and could trigger similar court cases around the country. One of the mums, who cannot be named by court order, told Bristol Live how her son had gone to school for only six days a term after being excluded because the academy could not meet his needs. A damning report from the House of Commons’ Education Committee showed an increasing number of children are being unnecessarily excluded from school and abandoned. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said the figures suggested some schools were “seeking to improve their overall exam results by removing some of their most vulnerable children from the school roll”…. Secondary school pupils with special needs are six times more likely to be expelled…. One of the mums who launched the judicial review told Bristol Live how her son’s school lost its SENCo (SEN coordinator) after it became an academy. Her son had trouble concentrating in school, and was excluded from classes to the point he only went to school six days a term. “It was crazy. He started getting excluded for things like walking to his safe space in school. They just didn’t know what to do with him and didn’t want him there,” the mum from South Bristol said. … After going to a lawyer, the boy was put into a different primary school, but he cannot transfer to a special school formally unless he gets a Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Hundreds of families in Bristol face the same problem. Breaking point The Children’s Commissioner for England said schools were excluding the “most vulnerable” children to “improve their overall exam results”. Teachers’ unions and charity bosses added the Government cuts to support services have caused many local authorities, such as Bristol, to cut back on help…. “This often means children with behavioural problems, mental health issues or special educational needs and disabilities may be placed in alternative provision that doesn’t work for them.” “This is an area where prevention is better than cure, but school budgets are at breaking point so many of the measures that schools take to ensure good behaviour and adequate support for pupils are under threat. “Schools can’t do it on their own. To avoid exclusions, they need support from the other local services around them.”…