As a group, academies have an overall pattern of exclusions that is almost identical to the pattern for a control group of similar schools. Academies often inherit a large number of disengaged pupils and need to establish good behaviour in order to raise attainment. Academies place great emphasis on getting the basics right and improving behaviour in particular. As the new ethos and behaviour policy are implemented in an academy’s early days, the number of exclusions may rise, but it typically falls as behaviour improves. This phenomenon is not unique to academies; the same effect is often observed when a new head teacher transforms a struggling maintained school.
A paper illustrating the pattern of exclusions and comparing exclusions in academies with a control group of schools with similar characteristics has been placed in the House Library. The chart shows the overall distribution of exclusions in academies and a group of control schools.