Concerning research has identified that half of pupils permanently excluded from school have mental health problems. The provision available for this group of pupils is often reported as having long waiting lists and limited support.

It is likely that the same is also true for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN). Whilst there is additional protection for pupils with identified SEN, many pupils go without assessment of their needs leading to further disengagement in education and often resulting in exclusion.

This is an issue for a number of families we work with and an area which calls for specialist advice and better understanding.