Research by the BBC has revealed that the number of fixed-term exclusions in the most deprived areas of England has gone up by over 70% in the last four years – four times the rate of the least deprived, which has risen by 15%.

Nearly 50,000 pupils are now taught in alternative provision – schools which provide education for pupils outside of mainstream education, who have behaviour issues or short or long-term illness.

The Department for Education says every child should “benefit from a high-quality education and equal opportunity, regardless of their background” and alternative provision can be a lifeline for children and parents offering smaller classes and more tailored support.

Watch the video here filmed inside an alternative provision school in North Manchester