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Exclusions statutory guidance: invitation to respond to a consultation


The DfE has launched a consultation on revisions to the 2012 statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils, to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer.


The consultation document and response form can be found here. The deadline for replies is 25 April. The DfE is consulting on updating the 2012 exclusion guidance in a small number of areas, to provide greater confidence and clarity for those involved in the exclusion process. The proposed amendments do not change the rights of, or requirements on, schools, children or parents over exclusion. Within the consultation, we have made a number of updates (such as including references to Education, Health and Care plans to reflect the Children and Families Act 2014) and clarifications (such as over the role of the SEND expert at an Independent Review Panel). The revisions include both statutory and non-statutory information.

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