Join our campaign to reduce exclusions! #AspireNotToExclude


Nurture UK want to end permanent exclusions in the UK through universal access to nurturing interventions for all pupils.

There are 35 exclusions every school day, most of these children have SEND needs and the most common reason stated for exclusions is ‘persistent disruptive behaviour’.

Behaviour in school is intrinsically linked to good teaching and the ability of a child to access their learning. Children exhibit behavioral difficulties, but the issue can lie further back in the failure to meet their educational needs. If greater emphasis were placed on looking at the underlying causes of behaviour fewer children would be excluded.

Excluded pupils are likely to suffer long-term mental health problems, fail to achieve basic levels of numeracy and literacy, struggle to gain qualifications needed to access work, and to be repeatedly involved in crime.

This has significant societal and economic cost.

We are launching our first ever external facing campaign #AspireNotToExclude. This will draw attention to benefits that nurturing interventions bring in supporting children with social emotional and behavioural needs and reducing exclusions.

#AspireNotToExclude Campaign – Norfolk Perspective  

Currently there is no effective alternative provision in Norfolk for nursery and infant children at risk of (or already in) exclusion. In the last academic year 11 Year One pupils were permanently excluded.

There is a waiting list of over 130 children for places at the Norfolk short-stay school behaviour provision. In the past two years children as young as four have been permanently excluded from nursery and school.

Our ambition is to reduce the numbers of permanent school exclusions by 50 per cent within the first three years of this project.

Ultimately, Nurtureuk aims for zero exclusions for the pupils we work with. We believe every person matters, and the wellbeing of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.

How can you get involved?

You can do so in the following ways:

  • Post a short video of yourself sharing how nurture has helped reduce exclusions in your school including the #AspireNotToExclude hashtag on social media.
  • Download an #AspireNotToExclude poster and share selfies with the hashtag on social media. You can download a colouring in version in A3 or A4 or one that is coloured in for you here.

Further reading

EDP – School Exclusions article

EDP – Almost 120 Expelled pupils waiting for an education