Consultation launched on exclusion guidance

News - 17 Mar 2017

The government has launched a five-week consultation on its current (2012) exclusion guidance, as there are areas which need clarification. They are keen that SEND issues can be fully considered, so please take the time to respond. The consultation will run until 25th April.

Exclusion data for pupils with SEND is high - these pupils are more than twice as likely as pupils without SEND to be excluded. So it is crucial that their needs are taken into account in any legislation and guidance around exclusion.
The government has proposed some changes to the 2012 guidance, which includes both statutory and non-statutory information.
All of the changes may be relevant to any pupil, but the changes which specifically relate to SEND are:
 - If an excluded child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, the council may have to review the plan, or reassess their needs, with parents, “with a view to identifying a new placement”
 - Clarity around the role of special educational needs experts to independent review panels, which hear appeals from parents unhappy with a governing body’s decision.
It is welcome that they are consulting on these changes, and for the consultation to fully represent pupils with SEND, we call on our members to take part.

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