No More Exclusions (NME) is a newly established not-for-profit grassroots coalition movement. We signpost sources of advice and advocacy for those affected. We campaign at local and national level on policy and law change. We enable young people to lead their own campaigns, to be heard and to steer the direction of the work both within NME and outside of it. We work in close partnerships with many organisations, activists and campaigners including community, third sector, parent and youth groups.
What binds us is our shared vision for education and an unapologetic commitment to free quality inclusive education for all.
NME has a race equality focus. We are working to prevent the escalating number of school exclusions across the country, especially the historically disproportionally-high rate of excluded Black Caribbean and Mixed: White/Black Caribeean children (The Centre for Research in Race and Education 2018).
Evidence shows that there is a strong link between exclusions, mental health, youth offending and poor life chances. 61% of excluded children will go to prison and the numbers are rising.
We aim to affect long-term structural change and the root causes: NME’s efforts are focused on addressing institutional racism, unconscious bias, negative stereotyping and low teachers’ expectations as well as the wider structures and practices that create the context within which school exclusions exist.
Who We Are
NME was set up in October 2018 by a number of concerned individuals and organisations with lived and professional experience of school exclusions.
We have a decentralised, flat structure and centre the lived experience and voices of the excluded and marginalised children and young people.
How can you get involved?
NME is a growing grassroots coalition movement with committed and experienced change initiators in education. Collectively we work at all levels in education to affect change.
To be part of our national collective of volunteer organisers and supporters, please get in touch. The quickest way is to reach us via social media on Twitter @NExclusions.
- Youth Development and Youth Voice
- Parental Advocacy and Partnerships
- Teacher Training and Curriculum
- Law and Policy Change