“The level of exclusions from schools remains a core focus for our staff. We are working every day to improve this, but sometimes young people must be educated elsewhere.
“I am in awe of the students and their grit and determination to succeed. I have no doubt they will all go on to great things.”
Following on from the event, Interim Managing Director of the Liverpool-headquartered provider, Charlotte Barton, teased the potential for more schools opening in the region.
Charlotte said: “We are very aware that exclusion rates in the North-East are becoming increasingly more concerning, and we want to do everything we can to provide those young people with a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment in which they can flourish.
“Tees Valley is just the beginning. We have substantial growth plans that will see Progress Schools expand its national footprint, reaching more young people and supporting them to achieve their potential.”
Nationally, the number of student exclusions has risen, and as the figures begin to climb, people are calling for more face-to-face and online provisions to be put in place to support those young people.
Last year, Progress Schools visited the Houses of Parliament to call on the government to crack down on unregistered providers and tighten the definition of what constitutes a school.