A BBC show follows the school lives of two behaviourally challenging pupils at a Westcliff primary school.

Now available on iPlayer, ‘Don’t Exclude Me’ follows behavioural expert Marie Gentles as she visits Milton Hall Primary School.

The school, which has almost 700 pupils, was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted after the regulatory bodies last inspection in 2018.

Set to the backdrop of school exclusions at their highest in a decade, with almost 30,000 primary pupils given fixed term exclusions in 2018-19 and more than 500 permanently excluded before turning 8, Marie takes on the task of helping two youngsters at the schools.

Marie previously spent ten years as the headteacher of a pupil referral unit, and her experience working with children outside of mainstream education has helped her develop techniques that can help avoid exclusions completely.

The film follows her time at the school as she helps teachers and parents work together to keep children in class.

She starts with eight-year-old Jack, who is struggling to contain his emotions in school.

Her second pupil is six-year-old Oscar, who has already had three fixed term exclusions, where he has been sent away from school and mum and dad are also struggling to cope.