Powerful 'school to prison' Tube map highlights impact of exclusion on pupils

Students have launched a powerful campaign featuring a "school to prison" Tube map to highlight the impact exclusion can have on disadvantaged pupils.

The campaign, called Education Not Exclusion, was spotted by a number of commuters travelling on the Tube on Thursday morning.

The group of South London students used the template of a Tubemap to show the route disadvantaged pupils can take between school exclusions and prison.

One of the campaign stickers,which were placed over the traditional Tube maps on some Northern line trains,read: "Every day, 35 students (a full classroom) are permanently excluded from school. Only 1 per centof them will go on to get the five goodGCSEsthey need to succeed.

"It is the most disadvantaged children who are disproportionately punished by the system. We deserve better."

Many commuters took to Twitter to express their praise at the bold protest.

One user wrote: "So happy that someone has finally done the work to bring awareness to the problem of exclusion."

The Education Not Exclusion group chose GCSE results day to raise awareness on the issue of exclusion.

A sticker read: "Today is GCSE Results Day. While most pupils across the country are excitedly awaiting news about their future, thousands remain left behind."

"We are a group of South London students who believe in empathy, not exclusion. We demand a more compassionate education system and a supportive approach to behaviour and discipline."

This year, the Commons education select committee launched published a report to address the growing number of school exclusions.

“The young people who are excluded are the forgotten children,” said the Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who chairs the committee. “Many already face a host of challenges, with children in care, children in need, children with Send (special educational needs and disabilities), and children in poverty, being far more likely to end up in AP. They deserve the best possible support but often they don’t get the education that they need to thrive.”

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