Working Out Well: Effective provision for excluded pupils

Sally Kendall, Anne Wilkin, Kay Kinder, Richard White, Karen Halsey, Mary Atkinson, Helen Moor, Bill Rigby

01 February 2000

This report offers description and analysis of educational provision available for young people permanently excluded from school. It describes, in depth, a wide range of provision, including: the work of multi-agency panels concerned with the immediate educational placement post-exclusion; programmes of reintegration to mainstream school; and those initiatives that offer learning experiences for youngsters far removed and alienated from mainstream education. The study is based on information received from 67 LEAs, 30 of which were visited. Seven case studies were also carried out. In all, nearly 200 interviews were undertaken to collect the opinions and experiences of excluded pupils, parents, teachers, educational professionals and representatives from a range of other agencies.

This report includes:

  • illustrations of practice from many different initiatives;
  • an account of issues and challenges associated with delivering such programmes;
  • an overview of the impact and effects of the different provision for excluded young people;
  • an audit of key factors contributing to the effectiveness of this provision; and
  • views on the issue of cost-effectiveness of provision for excluded pupils.