Exclusions: How to get it right
Thu 09 Feb 2017
Registration: 9.00am | Start: 9.30am | Finish: 12.30pm
Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London SE1 9BB
Our School Support Service is receiving an increasing numbers of queries from schools and academies seeking urgent advice following legal challenges by parents following the exclusion of their children from school, particularly under the Equality Act 2010.
With this in mind, we are holding a seminar at our offices which is aimed at the following people:
- Members of staff (i.e. the Senior Leadership team and other members of staff who investigate incidents which may lead to exclusions);
- The Headteacher (i.e. the person with the statutory power to exclude);
- Governors (or Local Governors, in the case of a multi academy trust);
- The Clerk to the Governing Body (i.e. the person responsible for supporting and advising the Governing Body during the statutory exclusion process).
The seminar will broadly cover all elements of the exclusion regime, from investigation of an incident to the conclusion of the Governing Body’s role. Some of the points which will be covered are:
- Ensuring that incidents are investigated in accordance with the rules of natural justice/principles of public law;
- The Equality Act 2010: Relevant protected characteristics, disabled students (including those with behavioural conditions), the statutory exception to disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments;
- The Headteacher’s decision to exclude: Is it reasonable, proportionate and fair?
- The importance of the exclusion notification letter;
- The Governing Body’s role in considering parental representations, carrying out a statutory review and reconsideration following an Independent Review Panel Hearing;
- Excluding students for misbehaviour occurring outside of school;
- The use of interim exclusions pending further investigation/consideration.
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