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

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

While Welsh Government has updated its guidance on the procedures for exclusions, there have been no significant legal or policy improvements, and rates of exclusions continue to rise. Children who are eligible for free school meals and learners with Additional Learning Needs remain disproportionately likely to be excluded. There are longstanding concerns about the excessive use of restraint in schools, and the lack of data on restraint limits schools’ ability to monitor and minimise its use. The Welsh Government consulted on proposals to reduce the use of restraint, but no further action has been taken.

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