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Exclusions are too often a result of a failure to fully recognise the challenges children face, argues Dr Simon Edwards

“The notion of an unteachable child, that is nonsense,” says Dr Simon Edwards, senior lecturer at youth studies at the University of Portsmouth. “There is no such thing.”

Edwards’ view comes from extensive experience: he has worked across the education spectrum, from mainstream teacher to being a teacher in alternative provision, and is now a researcher working with children deemed even too tough for pupil-referral units.

Speaking on Tes Podagogy, he talks at length about why children get excluded, why he thinks no child is unteachable and how we can best support these young people.

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