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DfE withdraws updated exclusions guidance

3 February 2015

As from 2 February 2015, the DfE has withdrawn from its website the revised statutory guidance on exclusions which came into force on 5 January 2015. Schools, independent review panels and local authorities must have regard to the previous exclusions guidance dated 2012 until further notice.

The guidance was withdrawn to allow the DfE to address issues with the process of its implementation and may well be related to the potential legal challenge to the DfE based on the lack of consultation and the reduced protections in the guidance against improper use of exclusions. Whilst schools will need to continue to have regard to the 2012 exclusions guidance, it is worth considering the comments made in the Lambeth case in 2014 which prompted the updated guidance and ensuring decisions at IRP level and reconsideration by governors take place in accordance with those comments.

You can find out more about the current position by joining our webinar on 3 February 2015.

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