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  • School exclusions affect black children especially those of African-Caribbean origin disproportionately. They are 4-6 times more likely to be excluded from school than their White counterparts for similar behaviour.
  • Two thirds of excluded children receive fewer than 10 hours alternative tuition per week.
  • Once excluded only 15% of all pupils ever return to full-time education.
  • Up to two thirds of excluded pupils become known to the police and one third end up in court because of involvement in petty crime, vandalism and abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Only one in four exclusions is for violence. (However, the definition of violence covers a wide range of student responses to their teachers and their peers)
  • It costs twice as much to exclude a child as to maintain a child in mainstream education
  • Things have not really changed since the Commission for Racial Equality published the Birmingham Exclusions Formal Investigation Report in 1985
  • Government plans to reduce exclusions (and truancy) by one third by the y ear 2002 will still leave 667,000 truancies, 67,000 fixed term exclusions and over 9,000 permanent exclusions.

The Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) was established in 2000 with a grant from the National Lottery Charities Board in order to provide advice, counselling, support, representation and training for people experiencing mistreatment and disadvantage in education especially exclusion from school.

'Since June 2003 the Communities Empowerment Network has relocated to Stratford, East London to the Ethnic Minority Foundation's centre ( in East London Centre. The Ethnic Minority Foundation was established in 1995 to be a specialised grant-making body to strengthen the poorly funded and organised charities that were trying to tackle social exclusion and economic deprivation for ethnic minorities.'

The service is available at all levels of education from pre-school and primary to further and higher education. It covers the private sector as well.

CEN intervenes on a partnership basis in support of children and young people and their parents as well as students and others experiencing problems with institutions, local education authorities and the Department of Education and Employment.

We offer advice and assistance to promote genuine home-school partnership to secure conditions for the best kind of teaching and learning and to support people challenging bullying and harassment.


  • Advice either face-to-face, in writing and a telephone help-line: 020 8767 5591

  • Current information through our newsletter, pamphlets, reports and manuals; email and internet contacts
  • Representation and advocacy at adjudication hearings Also advice on cases for judicial review and referral to Parliamentary Ombudsman.
  • Personnel are available to contribute to privately organised meetings, exhibitions, seminars and conferences as speakers and workshop facilitators
  • CEN responds to media enquiries and is available to discuss ideas for programmes and articles.
  • Provides short and long term placement and work experience for volunteers and students
The Communities Empowerment Network:

Press Releases:

House Magazine
How many MPs know any children or young people excluded from school?

Press Release from the CEN Management Committee
The Glyn Technology School Exclusion Affair and CEN

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