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11 September 2019 School uniform under media spotlight

The new academic year has started with controversy over school uniform. Last week, a government inquiry heard evidence that costs for parents are being exacerbated by compulsory branded uniform, including clothing with school logos, and operating contractual arrangements for the supply of these items with single retailers.

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4 September 2019 Education Secretary confirms DfE 'backing' for exclusions

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that head teachers who take “the decision to either suspend or expel a pupil because they need to do it in order to be able to enforce proper and full discipline in their school, and making sure that they're protecting the whole interests of the school, will always have my backing".

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16 May 2019 Home Education – A Right to Return?

One of the interesting recommendations from the Timpson Review relates to home education.

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13 May 2019 Timpson Review - managed moves

One area addressed by the Timpson review of exclusions published this week was 'managed moves'.

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10 May 2019 Alternative Provision to be a ‘first resort’

The ‘Timpson Review of School Exclusion’ noted the significant variation in the availability and quality of alternative provision (AP) across the country.

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8 May 2019 Timpson Review – off-rolling to grind to a halt?


There has long been a concern regarding pupils being ‘off-rolled’ – an exclusion in all but name, when done for the wrong reasons or without due cause. These pupils are then without access to the formal safeguards that the exclusion process affords them e.g. provision education after exclusion.

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7 May 2019 New exclusions guidance expected following Timpson Review

The long-awaited review on exclusions undertaken by Edward Timpson has been published.

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1 April 2019 PRU and exclusion surge continues

Latest figures show that the number of primary aged pupils in PRUs has seen a sharp increase.

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4 March 2019 Link between exclusions and knife-crime?

Recent press coverage of an increase in knife attacks has raised concerns over what can be done to tackle what is fast becoming a national crisis.

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18 December 2017 New advice on sexual harassment between pupils in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has released new advice on sexual violence and harassment between children.

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