Opinion

Is it legal for councils to fine schools for excluding pupils?

The desire to achieve a reduction in exclusions is plainly to be welcomed, but councils can’t just impose a...

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RUSSELL HOLLAND
Features

Exclusions: are there too many or too few?

As the debate on school exclusions becomes increasingly polarised, we brought together two people with opposing views to see...

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
Opinion

Is this the real exclusions ‘scandal’ – leaving too many kids in mainstream?

How can the education committee claim the current level of school exclusions is too high, when no one even...

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JOHN BLAKE
Opinion

How can we improve outcomes for excluded pupils?

Fifteen years ago I met a vicar in a bar in Oxford who had spent 20 years working in...

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
Opinion

Permanent exclusion is the punishment of last resort, but it’s sometimes necessary

Even with an inclusive approach and a clear behaviour policy, permanent exclusion is sometimes necessary to protect staff or...

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Expert Contributor
Opinion

Are zero tolerance behaviour policies legal?

With the parliamentary education committee considering exclusions at present, barrister Russell Holland explains schools’ legal liabilities The education select...

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News

Excluded pupils must have protective ‘bill of rights’, says education committee chair

Excluded pupils should be protected by a “bill of rights” that would allow proper scrutiny of their school’s decision...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Opinion

How can schools better support young parents?

The government recently announced they will be collecting data on pregnant pupils transferred from mainstream to alternative schools from...

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Expert Contributor
News

Pupils face postcode lottery for well-funded alternative provision schools

The quality of alternative provision for excluded pupils varies wildly across the country, and even between adjacent authorities, exclusive...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg