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Webinar Challenging School Exclusions - On-Demand Webinar


The overall rate of permanent exclusions has increased since 2013/14 for both state-funded secondary and special schools and there has also been an increase in fixed period exclusions in state funded primary and secondary schools. (DFE National Statistics July 2016).

Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England publishes findings from her School Exclusions Inquiry in her report, "They Never Give Up On You". It finds most schools work hard to cater for troubled students. However, for the first time on record, schools have admitted illegally excluding children. (Children’s Commissioner Publication February 2014)

Most of us will appreciate what a stressful time this is for parents (and children) and often they turn to lawyers for help. This course will equip you with the tools you need to respond to and challenge any decision to exclude a pupil.

This course will cover the following specific issues:

  • The legal framework
  • The Head teacher’s power to exclude
  • Appeals Process System
  • The Governing Body’s role to consider the exclusion and reinstatement.
  • Taking your matter to the Independent Review Panel.
  • Practical guidance and procedure.
Aims and objectives

This webinar will provide a comprehensive outline of the legal framework and the practice and procedure governing School Exclusions both fixed term and permanent exclusions, including guiding participants through the various stages of challenging exclusion decisions.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will have:

  • A clear understanding of the Statutory Framework Governing Exclusion Appeals
  • Understand the function and Standing of the Statutory Codes
  • The necessary knowledge to enable them to challenge a decision to exclude a pupil, whether permeant or fixed period or before the Governors or Independent Review Panel.
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