School inclusion provides a broad overview of the relationships between schools and their communities in the UK. The report takes a child-centred view, looking at what helps children to become happy, functioning young people and adults, as well as what contributes to the effectiveness of schools. Mog Ball draws on existing literature and on interviews with key personnel - from central and local government, national and local organisations, and individual schools.
Highlighting different initiatives, she clarifies how other agencies - such as the police, social services, health professionals and businesses - are currently working with schools and families to advance these goals of partnership and personal development. If all schools were to take on a wider holistic role, the report suggests, they could make an important contribution to national policies and programmes aimed at young people who are excluded or at risk.