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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to improve the handling of children excluded from school. (198124)

Revised exclusions guidance published in September 2007, put local authorities under a duty to arrange suitable full time education from the sixth day of exclusion for children permanently excluded. For fixed period exclusions, this sixth day duty lies with the school.

Furthermore, the Children's Plan, published in December, set out our commitment to improve provision outside school for excluded pupils and other pupils who for a range of reasons are unable to attend a mainstream school. A copy of the Plan is in the Library. We plan to publish a strategy paper on how we expect to take the Children's Plan commitment forward in the summer.