Exclusions and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Other than in exceptional circumstances schools should avoid permanently excluding students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Before deciding to exclude the school may:
- seek advice from the local authority and professionals working with the child and family, including health professionals and the school’s Educational Psychologist
- hold an emergency review of the student’s needs, current support and any amendments which need to be made to the student’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- inform the local authority’s Special Educational Needs Officer designated to the student’s case
Any plans made as a result of those actions should make reasonable adjustments and consider whether the recommendations and interventions expressed in the student’s Education, Health and Care Plan have been carried out and reviewed, and their impact measured.
If you believe that the exclusion has occurred as a result of discrimination then you can make a claim under the Equality Act 2010 to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), in the case of disability discrimination.
Tel: 020 8489 3873 or 020 8489 5086
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