Marginalised families

We are acutely aware, particularly during a time of budget cuts and the Covid-19 pandemic, that marginalised families suffer the most*. Families marginalised as a result of ethnicity, social economic status or where they live, have disproportionately worse educational outcomes.

DfE data from 2019/2020 shows that autism families are more likely to be on free school meals than the general school population (29% compared to 17%) and we heard from families in our exclusion research about the financial toll experienced.

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This was the worst experience of my life. I had to declare myself bankrupt during the 18 months he was not in an educational placement.
Parent whose child was excluded aged 8 from a primary mainstream

ACER has a previous track record in research of ethnically and culturally diverse groups* and in 2021 we secured UKRI funding to conduct a wider study of the experiences of marginalised families and to work with schools and Local Authorities to identify areas of best practice. 


*For more information on this research see:

Young boy sitting across his mothers knee