ROTA (April 2022) Informal Exclusions from School – A ROTA Research Report

ROTA is pleased to announce the re-issue of the Report on Informal Exclusions from School. 

We apologise for the delay. After the release of the Report in February 2022, some references and sources were updated and others added for clarification.

This Report presents findings from desk research, Freedom of Information requests, interviews, focus groups and round table events conducted by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) from July 2019 to August 2020. Among the participants were parents, teachers, youth leaders and young people who had experienced informal exclusions from school.

ROTA’s research was interrupted by circumstances beyond our control – notably the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing of many schools and youth organisations – a situation which delayed publication for up to a year. Since 2021 we have continued to monitor and reflect on developments in relation to informal exclusions. We have included references to more recent policy documents, statistics and research although it has not been possible to incorporate them all or to update the original findings of this report. It is ROTA’s intention to continue research in this area to further our aim to challenge and change the system of informal exclusions from school.

Read the report HERE.