Excluding pupils with EHC plansCan we exclude a pupil who has an EHC plan? Schools should avoid excluding pupils with SEN as far as possible. We look at the statutory guidance on exclusions, guidance on disability discrimination, and arranging managed moves for pupils with EHC plans who are at risk of exclusion.
Independent review panel hearings for permanent exclusionsIs there guidance on independent review panels for permanently excluded pupils? We relay statutory guidance on independent review panels, covering parents’ rights, timescales, the constitution of the panel and the process to be followed. You will also find advice on delaying or adjourning a review.
Internal exclusionsDoes an internal exclusion count as a legal exclusion? We explain the legal status of internal exclusion and look at its use where there are safeguarding concerns. You will find advice on the use of isolation or seclusion in schools and examples of school policies referring to internal exclusion.
Managed moves and directing pupils off site to improve behaviourChallenging pupils who struggle to regulate behaviour in school can be temporarily directed off site, or part of a 'managed move' to another school. Understand the procedures for each option, and find out about the best way to deal with failed managed moves and non-attendance at alternative provision settings.
Notifying parents and governors of an exclusionWhen should we tell parents and governors about exclusions? We summarise the statutory guidance on exclusions from the Department for Education (DfE). We also look at who is responsible for arranging education for pupils who have been excluded.
Off-rolling: guidance and practical examplesThe 2019 Ofsted inspection framework includes a focus on a practice known as 'off-rolling.' Find out what it is – and what it isn't – as well as what you can do to address it in your school.
Pupil exclusion hearings: proceduresAre there guidelines for managing exclusion hearings? We look at procedures for exclusion hearings (also known as discipline committee meetings). This article covers preparation for the hearing, who should attend, evidence to consider, the meeting agenda and how a final decision should be made.