Leeds will be hosting a national launch event for a new report from the RSA on Thursday 19th March at 6-7.30 p.m. at The Tetley. Disadvantaged students are four times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than their peers. Just 6% of pupils who experience a permanent exclusion pass their GCSE English and maths.
The RSA Pinball Kids report examines the factors that contribute to this picture and how the rising number of exclusions can be tackled. Through interviews with teachers, young people and councils, and visits to schools, we explored key issues and uncovered examples of best practice.
In a panel chaired by Laura Partridge (lead researcher), the findings and recommendations of the report will be discussed by a range of voices. Panellists include Maggie Atkinson, me (Phil Mellen) and a representative from Leeds Care Leavers Panel.
Questions are encouraged and there will be time to reflect and debate this complex and challenging issue. After the panel, drinks will be provided, allowing time to meet and discuss with other people interested in this topic.
We are excited to share our report with you and discuss how we can take action on this crucial issue together. Leeds City Council and local schools have been key partners in researching this subject, and we look forward to an evening which builds on the ongoing local conversation as well as explores the wider national debate.
To register for a free ticket, please follow the ‘Book Now’ link on the RSA website here: https://www.thersa.org/events/fellowship-events/2020/03/pinball-kids-rsa-report-launch-on-school-exclusions