School exclusions and managing ‘challenging behaviour’ – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

The UK Government has taken steps to address gaps in the existing policy and legal framework regulating the use of exclusions. However, several reforms remain unimplemented. Groups with certain protected characteristics remain disproportionately likely to be excluded, and there is growing evidence regarding the use of unlawful, informal exclusions. Longstanding concerns about excessive use of restraint in schools also remain unaddressed; in particular, a lack of data continues to hamper schools’ ability to evaluate and respond to their own use of restrictive practices.

 Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on school exclusions and managing ‘challenging behaviour’.


The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021