How much can schools achieve with underprivileged students? And what does intervention cost? Michael McGowan talks to parents, students and educators to find out what what success looks like for one town

Two years ago, at a state primary school in regional Victoria, the parents of a six-year-old girl named Nelani were told their daughter was no longer welcome.

After a series of violent incidents in which Nelani struck out at classmates and teachers, the school had made a decision: she could no longer attend classes.

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