Norwich schools urged to sign up to ‘trailblazing’ charter pledging to cut exclusions

PUBLISHED: 18:12 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:12 22 May 2018

Tim Coulson. Picture: Antony Kelly

Tim Coulson. Picture: Antony Kelly

Archant Norfolk 2015

Schools and colleges are being invited to sign a charter pledging to reduce the number of exclusions at Norwich schools.

On Thursday, the Norwich Opportunity Area will host a conference for staff, governors and parents of pupils at city schools.

As well as talks, it will be a chance for schools to sign the Norwich Inclusion Charter, which 17 schools are already part of.

Exclusion figures in the county are higher than the national average, and efforts have been underway to reduce the steep figure.

The issue is a key one for the opportunity area team, who started work after the government ranked Norwich 323rd out of 324 areas in the 2016 Social Mobility Index, which measures young people’s life chances.

The charter includes 10 key principles that schools will sign up to in return for funding to support young people at risk of exclusion.

Tim Coulson, former regional schools commissioner and independent chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area Partnership Board, described the signed-up schools as “trailblazing” and the charter as a “bold attempt to ask every school to share responsibility for our most troubled children”.

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