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A fresh start?

13 August 2010

The Government has made further announcements this week as part of its promised review of school behaviour policy.

A key development is the halting of mandatory local behaviour partnerships. Under legislation passed under the previous Government, the requirement that schools join a LBP was to take effect in September. The most talked-about element of these partnerships is the duty on schools to support pupils excluded from another school within their area.

The process of 'managed moves' enables pupils at risk of exclusion to have a fresh start at a new school and technically avoid exclusion. The Conservatives have always been convinced that it was unfair to force 'good' schools to take on pupils from 'bad' ones. But the result could be, as teaching unions have suggested, that without local support some schools will simply be left to 'sink' under the weight of their disciplinary problems.

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