On Monday 18th July, various media outlets and publications stated that ‘Southwark schools agree not to exclude students’.  Southwark Association of Secondary Headteachers (SASH) believe that this is a misrepresentation of our members’ position and the contents of Southwark Local Authority’s (LA) ‘Inclusion Charter’.

Firstly, SASH members, in collaboration with other services that support children and their families such as Social Services, have been actively engaged in the process of drafting the Inclusion Charter during the past few months. Although there is a lot to commend in the Charter in its current form, SASH members are yet to be full signatories. We continue to work with LA representatives to ensure that the wording accurately reflects both the aspiration and the practice locally.

Secondly, it is important to note that that the Inclusion Charter does not advocate for a ‘non-exclusion’ policy. The Charter explicitly states that there are ‘rare instances where exclusion is unavoidable to safeguard children’. SASH members agree with this position but would like to amend this aspect of the Charter to include ‘where the safety and well-being of staff is put at risk’. This approach is in line with the Department for Education’s guidance on exclusions which comes into force from 1st September 2022.

SASH members are committed to inclusive education and have worked collaboratively as a group of schools to significantly reduce the number of permanent exclusions. We are proud of the education provided by our schools and continue to work positively and pro-actively with all relevant agencies to ensure that children in Southwark receive a first-class education.

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CONTACT:
For more Catherine Moore
c.moore@arkglobe.org or 0207 940 5106.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The membership of SASH consists of:

School

Name

Ark All Saints

Lucy Frame

Ark Globe Academy

Matt Jones (chair)

Ark Walworth Academy

Jessica West

Bacon’s College

James Wilson

Compass School Southwark

Marcus Huntley

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Borough Academy

Declan Jones

Harris Academy Bermondsey

Rebecca Isles-Smith

Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich

Peter Groves

Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich

Carrie Senior

Highshore School

Eileen Olieuz

Kingsdale Foundation School

Steve Morrison

Newlands Academy

Gareth Howells

Notre Dame RC Girls’ School

Sr. Anne-Marie Niblock

SILS

Yomi Adewoye

Southwark College

Annette Cast

Spa School (SEND)

Simon Eccles

St Michael’s Catholic College

Felicity Corcoran

St Saviours & St Olave’s

Catherine May

The Charter School East Dulwich

Christian Hicks

The Charter School North Dulwich

Christian Hicks

The City of London Academy

Mike Baxter

South Bank University Academy

John Taylor

  • Matt Jones, Chair of SASH, was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list.

SASH response to the Inclusion Charter.