School Exclusions

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School Exclusions

Justice Report Exclusions November 2019

In November 2019, Justice published a report into school exclusions

The Working Party considers that the current system needs wholesale reform, to enable an independent and collaborative approach at the first stage of the exclusion process and legally sound review at the second. The recommendations aim to achieve a fairer system; one that would see fewer unlawful permanent exclusion decisions made and more effective challenge of those that are.

Timpson Review School Exclusions May 2019

On May 7th 2019 the Department for Education published Edward Timpson's Review into School Exclusions, together with the formal government response to the review, and a new call for evidence leading to possible changes in law and guidance. Read more here

Parents of 14 and 15 year olds sometimes contact me because they are considering taking their child out of school to avoid the stigma of a permanent exclusion. By the time parents contact me it’s often too late to change what is happening in school. My hope is that by putting the information here, home education will be something parents actually choose rather than being pushed.

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