Excluded Lives is a multi-disciplinary project across the four jurisdictions of the UK based in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
The overarching aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary view of the different policies, practices and costs of formal, informal and illegal school exclusions across the UK.
The project will explore the different landscapes of exclusion and the experiences of the young people involved.
This research will provide the basis on which the consequences of different political economies may be understood, decisions of policy makers and professionals may be improved, and experiences of pupils’ and their families enhanced.
• What we do
The research is organised into three work strands:
Landscapes of exclusion
Strand A work packages examine the ways in which policies and legal frameworks shape interventions designed to prevent exclusions; the financial costs associated with exclusion; and patterns and characteristics of exclusion
A1. School exclusion policy levers, drivers and legal frameworks across the UK jurisdictions
A2a. Explorations of school exclusions and their social origins
A2b. The social costs of exclusion: Medium- and long-term socio-economic and behavioural consequences of school exclusion
A3. The landscape of public, private and third sector provision
Experiences of exclusion
B1: Professionals’ conceptualisations of risk and vulnerabilities
B2: The perspectives of school leaders and teachers on the exclusion process
B3: Students’ and families’ experiences of formal, informal and illegal exclusion in the political economies of the four UK jurisdictions
Costs & Findings
C1: Economic costs of exclusion
C2: Cross-jurisdiction analysis
C3: Full multi-disciplinary integration
Seeking a balance: Conversations with policy makers and influencers about intervening upstream to prevent school exclusions in the context of Covid-19 and beyond
As schools get underway with the COVID-19 recovery phase in England, there is growing consensus among practitioners and policy professionals that rebuilding based on pre-COVID specifications will lead to the re-establishment of a previously broken system; a system which saw the most vulnerable children and young people in society slipping through the cracks. Read more
Restoring the balance: Policy recommendation justifications for collective responsibility in the post Covid-19 era
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed stark inequalities in our society, not least in school education. Read more
Getting the balance right: Policy recommendations for intervening upstream to prevent school exclusion in the context of Covid-19
Recommendations for policy makers that will support the successful reintegration of children and young people as they return to education in schools, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, special schools and pupil referral units and mitigate the risks of exclusion. Read more
• News & Social Media
It took fifty years before a TV programme was made about a disgraceful period in Britain’s educational history that has had long lasting effects on thousands of people from minority groups, especially those of Black Caribbean Heritage. “Subnormal: A British Scandal (20th May 2021) directed by Steve McQueen and produced by Lytanna Shannon provided a much needed service in bringing a dismal period of ‘education’ to public attention. The special education area is littered with insulting labels, and assumptions were and still are made that children who have learning difficulties or whom teachers regard as troublesome, can be labelled and removed from mainstream schooling. Read more
In December 2020 we launched our first feature length documentary – ‘Excluded’, which only features the voices and stories of young people with lived and learned experience of exclusion in some way. Some of the young people had been temporarily excluded, some permanently, some had never been excluded – but we felt compelled by Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to give them all a voice. Read more