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1 June 2022 Judicial Review of school exclusion reconsideration dismissed on all grounds

The recent case of R (on the application of A Parent) v Governing Body of XYZ School [2022] EWHC 1146 (Admin) provides some welcome and reassuring guidance to governing boards on the exclusion reconsideration process.

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4 January 2021 School opening FAQ – 4 January 2021

Our FAQ has been put together to assist you in decision-making on school opening.

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7 October 2019 Is the SEND system working?

A recent report from the Local Government Ombudsman has highlighted significant concerns with the operation of the SEND system which is resulting in 87% of parental complaints against local authorities on SEND being upheld by the Ombudsman.

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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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