Lack of guidance for schools on how to handle pupil exclusions

18 Nov

An article in today’s Schools Week (18 November 2016) reports that:

Guidance on pupil exclusions originally published in December 2014 and set for implementation in January 2015 was pulled from the government webpage in February on the grounds of “issues with process” – but has yet to be replaced 23 months later.

“The government has now been urged to develop new guidance handing schools greater statutory responsibility for the futures of pupils they exclude, and warned that an increase in selection could see less detectable “informal exclusions” also rise.”

Dr Morris Charlton, a Voice Regional Officer, an inspector and consultant, and a former headteacher of a pupil referral unit, is quoted in the article as saying that:

“‘schools should be expected to ensure the transition out of the school ‘is the best it can be’:

“’If that doesn’t seem to be working, making it a legal responsibility would seem to strengthen that responsibility. But then if illegal exclusions are already happening, how can we be sure even that will work?’”

Briefing Schools Week, he also said:

Morris Charlton RGB“By their nature, illegal exclusions are very difficult to quantify, rather like unreported crime.

“Of concern is the reduction in the number of support staff who have expertise and experience in supporting teachers and managing children’s challenging behaviour. These have been lost as a result of budget cuts.

“In addition, there is a concern that schools are not being able to provide ongoing training for all staff to better manage children who challenge.

Academisation is leading to a fragmented educational landscape in terms of support.”

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