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.
thirds of excluded children receive fewer than 10 hours
alternative tuition per week.
excluded only 15% of all pupils ever return to full-time
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.
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)
costs twice as much to exclude a child as to maintain
a child in mainstream education
have not really changed since the Commission for Racial
Equality published the Birmingham Exclusions Formal Investigation
Report in 1985
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
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
June 2003 the Communities Empowerment Network has relocated
to Stratford, East London to the Ethnic Minority Foundation's
centre (www.emf-cemvo.co.uk) 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.'
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.
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.
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
either face-to-face, in writing and a telephone help-line:
020 8767 5591
information through our newsletter, pamphlets, reports
and manuals; email and internet contacts
and advocacy at adjudication hearings Also advice on cases
for judicial review and referral to Parliamentary Ombudsman.
are available to contribute to privately organised meetings,
exhibitions, seminars and conferences as speakers and
responds to media enquiries and is available to discuss
ideas for programmes and articles.
short and long term placement and work experience for
volunteers and students