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Reducing exclusions in partnership with Mission 44 and Sky

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mission 44 and Sky Group.

Our Trust and Oasis are receiving £450,000 each from Mission 44 and Sky’s ‘Preventing Exclusions Fund’. This will go towards piloting new innovative approaches to reduce exclusions across our schools. 

Students from Black Caribbean and Gypsy Roma Traveller backgrounds have the highest rate of permanent exclusion in England. The Fund was set up in 2022 to address this issue and help support young people from underserved and underprivileged communities.

This partnership will focus on various initiatives including:

  • Launching a community listening campaign and co-producing a package of interventions for students who are at risk of exclusions
  • Design and delivery of bespoke Race, Ethnicity and Education CPD training for staff
  • Development of a social and emotional learning programme to help create more inclusive, relationships driven schools

Chris Tomlinson, CEO of Co-op Academies Trust, said: 

“I couldn’t be more proud of this project and to be working in partnership with Gypsy Roma communities. Our Trust is built on the foundations of creating excellent and positive opportunities through education, and I’m excited to be working with Mission 44 and Sky to create even better experiences for all our students. The impact of this collaboration will be felt by all.”


CEO of Mission 44, Jason Arthur, said:

“I’m delighted that Mission 44 will be working with two Multi-Academy Trusts to pilot different initiatives that support vulnerable young learners. We hope this work creates a blueprint for school networks and policymakers to prevent growth in exclusions and ensure we have an education system that works for all young people.”


Claudia Osei-Nsafoah, Chief People Officer at Sky Group, said:

“Preventing school exclusions for those who are disproportionately impacted ensures a fairer education system for all. Sky is a champion for young people, and we are proud to be working with Co-op Academies Trust and Oasis through our partnership with Mission 44 to transform the lives of young people.”