The Wider Inclusion Strategy has the core aim of reducing the level of ‘exclusions’ and ‘off rolling’ (taking pupils off the school register) in Dudley schools. Pupils currently facing exclusion will be supported through effective pathways to remain in mainstream education successfully, access high quality alternative provision or receive better support for their special educational needs or disabilities [SEND]. Success for the strategy will be measured against pupil outcomes including progress, attendance and post 16 destinations e.g. education, employment or training
The strategy needs to work effectively alongside other Council support to develop partnership working between schools, the local authority and local organisations. Other complimentary support activities include special educational needs, early help (support provided by partners to work with families and young people, the virtual school (the system that oversees the education of children in care), services for pupils missing from education, education psychology and youth offending. The Council is also looking to develop a School Readiness Strategy to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds before they move into Year 1.
The consultation is based on a number of key questions and draft proposals in order for all stakeholders to provide formal feedback.
The deadline for responses was Friday 19th July 2019.
We are now analysing the responses and will be publishing the strategy in the Autumn.