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Exclusions training for senior leaders and governing boards

This training session focuses on all you need to know about the exclusions framework for schools and trusts. Our specialist education lawyers will take you step by step through the process of both the disciplinary committee stage and the independent review panel (IRP) stage, ensuring that governors, senior leaders and/or IRP members understand and are compliant with the law and guidance surrounding exclusions. This is particularly important given that the statutory guidance on exclusions emphasises the importance of the role of governors both in reviewing the headteacher’s decision and at IRP hearings.

Who should attend

We deliver training to trustees, governors, senior leaders of any school or trust (maintained or academy). We also provide training to prospective IRP members (who must be trained within the last two years before sitting on a panel) and can deliver sessions on behalf of local authorities.


We provide bespoke training for individual schools and trusts and individual delegate training. The bespoke training lasts for two hours with costs fixed at £950 plus VAT for a remote session or £1,250 plus VAT and travel disbursements for an in-person session. Alternatively we are running two sessions in September for individual delegates at £95 plus VAT per delegate. Sessions run from 10-12 noon and you can choose from Wednesday 21st September or Wednesday 28th September. We can provide shorter sessions upon request.

The broad agenda includes:

  • Outline of the statutory guidance which came into force in September 2022 and the key changes from the 2017 version
  • Exploration of key documents and the proposed new behaviour guidance (expected in force from September)
  • Disciplinary penalties and alternatives to exclusion
  • Unofficial exclusions
  • Equality and SEN considerations
  • Exclusions — grounds and types
  • Exclusions process with case studies
    • headteacher/principal’s decision to exclude
    • governing board review
    • IRP decision
    • reconsideration
  • Disability and exclusions
  • Questions


The training is comprehensive and interactive and by the end we expect the attendees to feel confident when it comes to making and reviewing suspension and exclusion decisions and in attending an IRP. Following the training, governors will also be able to sit on an IRP (for another school) should they so wish.

How to book

If you would like to make a booking for this training, please contact us and confirm your preferred date, time and location and an indication of how many people will be in attendance.

If you would like to instruct Browne Jacobson to assist you with clerking for an IRP hearing, please give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your specific needs. We will then ask you to please send the papers either electronically to the email addresses below or marked for our attention to Browne Jacobson LLP, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BU and advise when the IRP hearing is scheduled for.

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