A 2017 report from the University of Exeter found that the poor mental health of adolescents was likely to lead to School Exclusions- and that exclusion could negatively impact their long term psychiatric health problems and lead to further distress. 
Professor Tamsin, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University’s Medical School, led the study and stated that: 
 
Ultimately, all organisations who work with children and young people need to make sure they have the right policies and procedures in place for effective safeguarding. 
 
This can be achieved, in the long term, by focusing on implementing effective behaviour management strategies, strong leadership and safe recruitment to ensure best practice is achieved. 
 
 
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There remains very little progress since this report and the Education Secretary Damian Hinds is calling on schools to expel fewer pupils based on Ofsted’s recommendations. 
 
We see that children with learning difficulties, mental health problems like depression, anxiety, ADHD and those on the autistic spectrum continue to be excluded from the classroom. 
Research shows that exclusion is even more likely to happen amongst secondary school boy pupils and those living in socio-economically deprived circumstances. 
 
We believe that, in order to tackle these problems effectively long-term, the Education secretary and business leaders should consider the value of peer learning. There are many benefits associated with peer learning both economically and socially. 
 
It would be beneficial to commission projects associated with the power of peer learning for young people because research informs us that it:- 
 
Helps to boost motivation levels 
Increases and support effective communication and critical understanding 
Supports problem solving skills 
Encourages reflective learning skills and active engagement in learning. 
Provides a diverse and inclusive learning model 
Builds trusts and encourages collaboration from different perspectives 
Helps young people learn important inter-personal skills 
Helps to develop empathy and constructive feedback skills 
Improves speaking skills and confidence levels 
Increases employability skills 
It would be highly beneficial for government initiatives to support school leaders and counsellors with action learning set techniques in running effective peer mentoring programmes in areas of most need and deprivation. 
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