Alternatives to exclusion
If your child is at risk of exclusion it’s worth contacting the school to discuss whether any of the alternatives below have been tried, or might be suitable.
A restorative approach
A restorative approach establishes what harm has been done, what is needed to put things right and how the situation can be avoided in the future.
Internal exclusion is used when the aim is to remove the student from class and not from the school site. This approach should be carefully planned, with clear outcomes agreed, and for a set period of time. Children experiencing internal exclusion will have access to education and support within the school.
Short term off site support
Schools are able to refer to The Octagon Alternative Provision Academy (Pupil Referral Unit) for short term placements in order to improve behaviour.
If there has been a history of exclusions and the alternative approaches above have been exhausted a head teacher is able to discuss an alternative provision placement or managed move.
A ‘Managed Move’ is defined as a formal agreement between two schools, a student and his/her parents. It allows a student at risk of permanent exclusion to transfer to another school.
The move requires the agreement of the student, parent, the head teacher of the student’s current school (the home school) and the head teacher of the proposed school. It would usually take place when those involved agree that the home school has exhausted all reasonable strategies to prevent a permanent exclusion.
The school, family and professionals involved must share the view that the proposed school is likely to be able to offer an environment/support sufficiently different to make the Managed Move likely to succeed. This may be due to the size/location of the new school or a new peer group/teaching team/curriculum, depending on the particular issues at the home school.
The expectation is that there will be a trial period (usually not exceeding 6 weeks) agreed by all participants. During this time the student will remain on roll of the home school and be dual registered. The home school will retain the child on its admission register throughout the transition period and maintain full responsibility for recording and addressing attendance issues.
If the placement fails the proposed school should prepare a report detailing the support that had been provided as well as the attendance log. This will help the home school to plan for the student’s return.
If after the placement has been reviewed and monitored it is considered successful the student will come off the roll of the home school and onto the roll of the new school.
The child must continue to attend their home school, or other educational provision, until arrangements for a managed move are in place and the home school must allow the student to return to school if, after review, the new school is not able to admit the student on a permanent basis.
Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
A managed move is not a suitable way in which to arrange a new placement for a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan. If there is a high risk of permanent exclusion schools are expected to consult with their Educational Psychologist and other relevant professionals working with the child and family via an emergency/interim Annual Review and referral to the SEND Panel for advice.
If a child has SEND a change of placement must go via the SEND Panel and in full consultation with parents and other professionals.
- Tel: 020 8489 3873 or 020 8489 5086
- Email: SchoolExclusionEnquiries@haringey.gov.uk
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