ERIC Number: ED428162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Exclusion from School and Racial Equality. Research Report. A Report for the Commission for Racial Equality.
The rates of exclusion among pupils in the 450 primary, secondary, and special schools in the Birmingham (England) local education agency were studied, and data were analyzed by sex, age, school sector, and ethnic group. The attitudes of teachers and administrators were studied through interviews with up to five school staff members in each of six case study schools with low or decreasing exclusion rates. A sample of students in each case study school completed a questionnaire about their understandings of discipline, student-teacher relationships, and student participation in decision making. Some strategies schools might adopt to reduce exclusion rates overall and the disproportionate exclusion of African Caribbean students were identified. The minimal use of exclusions in the case study schools was not due to a "no exclusions" policy, but rather to comprehensive policies the schools had developed on behavior, pastoral care of students, and the development of an intensive curriculum. Four of the schools had strategies for reducing exclusions among the overrepresented groups. Students in these schools indicated that they understood discipline policies and that relations between students and teachers in their schools were generally good. A number of initiatives were identified that local education agencies could use to reduce exclusions overall. An appendix contains ethnic data on permanent exclusions. (Contains 7 tables, 4 figures, and 68 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission for Racial Equality, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Birmingham)