Fixed term excluded: what does the law say?

When can fixed term exclusion occur? What are school obligations? What are pupils right to appeal? All is explained in our latest blog post.

A fixed term exclusion is an exclusion for a specific amount of time.

A pupil may be excluded for a period of up to 45 days in a single academic year. Longer than this it is likely to become a permanent exclusion however exceptional circumstances may be permitted.

This blog post explains all you need to know about fixed term exclusions.

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What are the risks of permanent exclusion?

The risks of permanent exclusion are far-reaching, as removing a student from the school-setting can have huge ramifications on the school.

But sometimes, the risk to the school and other pupils can far outweigh those risks.

But what is the process of permanent exclusion and what can be done to reduce the risks? This blog post explains.

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5 Simple Strategies…for Whole School Approaches to Reduce Exclusions

Creating safe spaces, perhaps manned by learning mentors, empathetic staff members or even older members of the student cohort can provide a place that feels safe and supportive for students who are about to ‘blow’.

A system can be agreed in advance with students likely to use such a resource to allow them to exit a lesson or situation that is proving triggering for them, on the understanding that work must be caught up and that consequences exist for the misuse.

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Avoiding the Need for Exclusion

There is a school of thought that suggests that all behaviour is communication. This may cause you to believe that certain students in your care are communicating, in no uncertain terms, that they do not wish to attend your school!

Anti-social behaviours, bullying, property damage and persistent disruption all communicate quite strongly to you, as a school leader, that you will need to exclude a student either temporarily or permanently in the not so distant future.

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5 Simple Strategies…for Reducing Exclusions

Reducing the number of exclusions within any school always serves as a key priority, with many different schools employing a wide ranging form of techniques to greater or lesser success.

Here we will be looking at 5 of the simplest strategies that serve as essential elements to the reduction of any school’s exclusion rates.

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Supporting pupils with challenging behaviour

The Ofsted annual report from 2012/13 states that, “…teachers can only teach well, and challenge pupils to do better routinely, if behaviour in class is orderly and attentive.”

This means that even low-level disruption such as incessant chatter, calling out, inattention and other seemingly minor behaviour issues will affect teaching standards in the classroom in general.

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Using the alternative curriculum to re-engage pupils and reduce exclusions

The reason I set up EDLounge was to help combat exclusions using an alternative curriculum. I strongly believe that every child under my care should have the appropriate learning tools available to them.

Ofsted states that “a supportive and stable school environment, and strong relationships between the school and parents were found to be important factors in preventing very young children from being excluded.”

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