Teenage Kicks: Why Being Expelled isn’t the End of the World


How bad is it if you’re suspended from school or expelled?

In this episode of the Teenage Kicks podcast Siân, from the brilliant blog Helpful Mum, tells us her story of being expelled from private school. We talk about the reasons that led up to her being expelled, what she did next, and why she believes that being excluded from school doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

For any teenager who’s been expelled from school, this episode is inspiring. Siân used her experience to fight for what she wanted to do with her life, carving out a route to her dream job, before going on to complete a university degree later in life. Just because one path didn’t work out for you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t turn things around and find the path that does!

Siân also gives helpful tips to worried parents on how to support children going through expulsion, and proves that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. She also has some interesting ways of making the subjects you hate into something you can engage with and excel at, so it’s worth a listen just for that gem!

You can find Siân on Twitter, and Instagram, if you want to connect with her.

You can find the episode in your usual podcast app, or if you prefer, you can listen online below.


Thank you so much for listening! Subscribe now to the Teenage Kicks podcast to hear all my new episodes. I’ll be talking to some fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers – including losing a parent, becoming disabled, and being hospitalised with mental health problems – and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.

And if you’re stuck for how to engage with your teenager, this list of things for teens to do might be helpful. 

I’d love it if you’d rate and review the podcast on iTunes too – it would really help other people to find it. You can also find more from me on parenting teenagers on my blog Actually Mummy, and on Instagram and Twitter @iamhelenwills.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Microphones, who gave me the brilliant Yeticaster for the recording of the podcast.

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Siân Russell talks on the podcast about how she made a success of her life after being expelled from school


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