School staff mix needs to reflect local community

Schools can help cut exclusions by having a staff mix that reflects their local community, a regeneration conference heard yesterday.

Miffa Salter, director of regeneration consultancy Urbancanda, told the annual Regenex conference in London that work she had done in Brent had demonstrated the effects of a representative staff mix on exclusions.

Speaking at a session on engaging residents in services, she also said community representatives should be paid for taking part in developing local policies.

She said: “If you are a professional you are paid for your expertise. If you are a lay person you have a level of expertise that should be acknowledged.”

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