13 July 2021

In this seminar, Associate Professor Ian Thompson will present research from a very large UK study, titled ‘Excluded Lives: The Political Economies of School Exclusion’.  Little is known, from the perspective of children and young people and their families, about the processes leading up to exclusion from the classroom or school or the processes that follow; in particular, the decisions that are taken to ensure that children and young people receive an education outside of mainstream schooling or that they make the transition back to formal education. This session will focus on the innovative methods used in the Excluded Lives project in order to conduct research at the micro level. It will provide insight into ways of working with young people on research design through a child’s rights lens.


Associate Professor Ian ThompsonAssociate Professor Ian Thompson, University of Oxford, is an international expert in school exclusion/inclusion, social justice in education, cultural historical activity theory and initial teacher education. Ian is currently Vice-President of the International Society for Cultural-Historical Activity Research. He is a Principal Investigator of a very large study in the UK, titled ‘Excluded Lives: The Political Economies of School Exclusion.’ He has been a chief investigator on studies including ‘Disparities in rates of permanent exclusion from school across the UK’, ‘Collaboration for Teaching and Learning; The Effectiveness of Arts Based Approaches in Engaging with Disaffected Young People’. He was a core member of the recent British Education Research Association Commission for Poverty and Policy Advocacy.  More details available here.

Seminar Panel

To help to contextualise the research, a panel will ask questions from their organisation’s perspective.

Panel members:

  • Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People South Australia.
  • Dr Deb Price, Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, University of South Australia


For further information, contact Associate Professor Anna Sullivan

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