ASCL comment on APPG knife crime report

25/10/2019
Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime
 
Commenting on the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime, Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“The causes of knife crime are complex, and we need to be careful not to make school exclusions the scapegoat for this issue. However, it is certainly the case that we need to do better for vulnerable young people.

“It is important to emphasise that the vast majority of school leaders only ever exclude a pupil as a last resort, and it is also the case that most pupil referral units offer high-quality provision for young people in very challenging circumstances.

“The problems which must be resolved are the insufficiency in funding for schools and colleges and for wider support services, which makes it difficult to provide early intervention for pupils with challenging behaviour, and the need to ensure there is enough high-quality alternative provision in every area.

“We are pleased the APPG has recommended that all education providers must have the funding and backing they need to support vulnerable children. We note the APPG’s recommendation that schools should be more accountable for the pupils they exclude and we are currently looking into how performance tables might be reformed to promote and reward inclusion.”