The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has published a report looking at the exclusion from school of children aged 3 to 7 (the foundation phase) in the 2018/19 academic year. Findings from responses to a survey from 19 out of 22 local authorities in Wales found: 768 fixed-term exclusions were issued to foundation phase children; and an average of 9 foundation phase pupils per authority were excluded more than once during the academic year. Analysis of 21 cases received by the Commissioner’s office showed common themes in cases involving children being excluded and isolated including: gaps in educational provision, confusing processes of referral, and delays to meeting the child’s needs. A toolkit has been published alongside the report to support children’s well-being and rights in the foundation phase.
Read the news story: Exclusion from school ‘should be phased out’ for youngest learners
Read the report: Building blocks: inclusion in the foundation phase (PDF)
Read the toolkit: Building blocks: a toolkit to support children’s well-being and rights in the foundation phase (PDF)
Source: Children’s Commissioner for Wales
Date: 03 December 2020