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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 trusts and schools. 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.

The training is suitable for trustees, governors, senior leaders of any trust (maintained or academy) or school. 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.

The training includes:

  • Outline of the statutory guidance which came into force in September 2023
  • Exploration of key documents
  • 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 decisions
  • 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.


The 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.

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