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Discipline committee meetings

Discipline committees comprise of three members.

Agenda

  • Clerk of governors outlines the procedure for the meeting.
  • The headteacher, deputy or the head of year presents the school's case for the exclusion.
  • The Discipline Committee may ask questions.
  • Parents, their representatives and/or the pupil may ask questions, possibly for clarification.
  • Parents and representatives can then present their case.
  • The committee may ask questions.
  • The school may ask questions.
  • Final comments from the headteacher.
  • Final comments from the parents/representatives.
  • All parties withdraw and the Discipline Committee consider the exclusion in the presence of the clerk.
  • All parties advised of the committee's decision within one school day of the hearing stating the reasons and the right to appeal (within 15 school days from when you receive the decision of the Discipline Committee).

Note: There are only two decisions which are open to the committee, which are either to uphold the head teacher's decision or to direct reinstatement.

  • Parents can request that an exclusion be reviewed.

What else can I say at the meeting?

  • Even if you are angry, give credit where it is due, or find something positive to say, maybe about the level of support given by the school etc.
  • If you are aware that your child's behaviour was a real problem, say so and state what you have done about it.
  • Acknowledge that the school has a difficult job and say how you have tried to be supportive of the school.

Say clearly how the exclusion was unfair

  • Refer to the Secretary of State guidance on improving behaviour and attendance (source: www.education.gov.uk). It could be that 'if your child remained at school he would not seriously harm the education or welfare of others eg that he was disruptive but his actions were not dangerous or malicious' etc.
  • State the unfairness of the exclusion in relation to the sanctions imposed on any other pupils involved.
  • Point out reasonable steps that could have been taken to avoid the exclusion as a permanent exclusion should only be used as a last resort.
  • Guidance states that schools should make every effort to avoid excluding pupils being supported at school action or school action plus or that the school could have got him statemented if you believe his behavioural difficulties were due to unmet special educational needs.
  • That not enough time had been allowed so as to ensure that support strategies had the desired impact.
  • That he had a history of good behaviour and what had happened was a one off and that as parents you would back the school in agreeing sanctions and rewards to ensure there would not be a recurrence of the incident.
  • That you had not been made aware of the problems that he had and the school had not given him enough support through an individual behaviour plan or pastoral support plan.
  • That you child was a victim of bullying or harassment.
  • The interests of your child have not been considered eg. exams etc.
  • If there is a hint of racism, is there a log of incidents by the school.
  • Maybe the incident happened out of school hours and would not significantly affect the life of the school.

Contact details

  • Address: Access officer, Residents Services, 4E/09 Civic Centre, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1UW
  • Tel: 01895 558670

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