Katie Michelon reminds us of the law in the area of exclusions and examines some recent developments around ‘unofficial exclusions’ and schools’ powers to direct pupils to receive behavioural provision away from mainstream education

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Complex legal guidance on exclusion and reintegration has been updated to take Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) into account. Ingrid Sutherland thinks the detail is worth reviewing

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A school environment of confidence and respect can raise achievement and emotional literacy. Hazel Pulley, headteacher of Caldecote Community Primary School in Leicester, discusses how she did this in an amalgamated school

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Many schools have rethought their exclusion policies since the sixth day exclusion law was introduced in September 2007. Eileen Field explains the options now surrounding school exclusion

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Michael Segal gives guidance on what to consider when wording a pupil exclusion decision letter

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Parents have a duty to know the whereabouts of their child for the first five days of exclusion, and schools and LAs should provide suitable full-time education from the sixth school day of exclusion, states statutory guidance

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Michael Segal explores a school’s legal position in implementing a reinstatement order, and how far they are obliged to enforce it

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Recent government legislation has created new opportunities for multi-agency working in addressing and reducing exclusions from schools, says headteacher Neil Berry

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When is exclusion for serious misconduct justified, and how careful must a headteacher be in excluding a pupil? read more

A raft of small changes add up to important new duties for all parties to the exclusion process. Ingrid Sutherland runs through what you need to know, in part two of this series

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The updated exclusions guidance has taken effect, amid a deluge of new discipline and behaviour provision. Ingrid Sutherland outlines the changes in exclusions law

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Legal Surgery answers a question about exclusion of a violent pupil who has SEN read more

Jo has been excluded from school for sexual assault. He needs to continue his education in some way, but any school willing to take him will need to do a lot of work read more

Maintained schools in England are now responsible for providing full-time education for excluded pupils from the sixth day of their exclusion read more

Schools will have to be more aware of these particularly vulnerable children when they review policy and practice, writes Ingrid Sutherland read more

SENCOs who may be involved with pupils facing the possibility of exclusion should be aware that the latest guidance on procedure is now available online. With some changes in official advice this makes it an appropriate time for SENCOs to consider school policies in relation to arrangements for pupils with special educational needs and pupils with disabilities. read more

New rules call for closer cooperation between local authority and school, giving increased protection to children at risk, writes Ingrid Sutherland. read more

No matter how watertight the contract with parents, schools must implement it correctly and fairly if they want removal of a pupil to be upheld, says Mark Blois

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Exclusion is now one of the main ways of dealing with extreme behaviour. Headteacher Suzanne O’Connell examines recent guidance and legislation on the subject. read more

Schools should take note of new reporting and training requirements, as well as changes to appeal panel representation rights, says Ingrid Sutherland

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QUESTION: What considerations should we apply when considering permanent exclusion of a pupil with special educational needs? read more

The government has updated its guidance on exclusion from schools and pupil referral units. read more

A preparatory school that excluded a six-year-old boy with Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes has been forced to apologise to him and reimburse his school fees. The pupil’s parents, who challenged the school’s decision under the Disability Discrimination Act, were backed by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). read more

The number of children permanently excluded from schools in England has increased by more than 6%. read more

Both the main headteachers’ organisations have called for the powers of independent appeals panels on exclusions to be reduced in submissions to the government’s leadership group on behaviour and discipline. read more

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