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Pupil Exclusions: Appeals

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice he has sought on whether decisions to exclude children from school may be challenged in the courts; and if he will make a statement. (179957)

It has long been the case that any of the decision making parties in an exclusion (head teacher, governing body and, for permanent exclusions, an independent appeal panel) can have their decision challenged by parents by application to the High Court for a judicial review. An application for judicial review would not normally be granted until all other avenues for appeal had been exhausted.