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School Exclusions

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on provisions to deal with excluded pupils (a) under 11 and (b) aged 11 to 16 in North Shropshire. [110046]

Shropshire Local Education Authority offers all permanently excluded pupils of compulsory school age in North Shropshire full-time educational provision, where appropriate, after 15 school days. The provision would typically involve either an alternative school, the tuition service or, for older pupils, a shared placement arrangement with the further education sector and other providers. Schools set and mark work for pupils they exclude for short fixed period, and also during the early stages of a longer exclusion. For longer fixed period exclusions, schools will involve the LEA as necessary in planning for the child's return. The nature, management and organisation of provision for excluded pupils is a matter for the LEA having regard to pupils' individual circumstances.