Professor Rachel Condry and Associate Professor Lucinda Ferguson are members of a team of researchers awarded an ESRC grant of £2,550,850 to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of the political economies and consequences of school exclusion across the UK.

The interdisciplinary team operates across Oxford, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and the London School of Economics (LSE). The four year project will be led by Professor Harry Daniels and Associate Professor Ian Thompson at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education and is commenced on 2 October 2019. The study will lead to a greater understanding of the cost of exclusions at individual, institutional and system levels, as well as pupils’ rights, entitlements, protection and wellbeing. In comparing the landscapes of exclusion across the UK’s four jurisdictions, the study explores cross-cutting themes of: children’s rights, youth crime, values and the role of religion, geographical context, gender and ethnicity, social class, special needs and disability, and mental health.

Rachel Condry will focus upon the connections between school exclusion and youth offending, and Lucinda Ferguson will concentrate on the relationship between the legal framework and practice of permanent exclusion, particularly the exercise of discretion in decision-making.

Further information about the study can be found here.