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As concern mounts about ‘zero-tolerance’ in schools, teachers are lining up to learn a different approach.
Spend on private alternative provision (AP) has rocketed by almost £7 million in the past three years, with councils sending more vulnerable pupils to settings that are not inspected by Ofsted or registered with the government.
The prevalence of knife crime shows how vulnerable young people are slipping through the cracks, says Shaun Brown
“As arguments rage over knife crime, I’ve seen a school where troubled young people are turning their life around” says Gaby Hinsliff.
We must look again at how we protect the many young people at risk of being dragged into violent crime, says Shaun Brown
‘At Redthread, we see youth violence as a health issue which, therefore, should be treated in the same way as a disease. This must start with an analysis of the causes, before going on to diagnose the problem, look at what works to treat the symptoms and develop solutions. Permanently excluding young people from school is not the root cause of why some become involved in violence, however their behaviour in school should be viewed as a symptom of the challenges they face and the vulnerabilities they experience. ‘
Reducing the number of pupils who are permanently excluded from school will save lives and money in the long run.