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Academies: Pupil Exclusions

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of rates of exclusions at academies; and if he will make a statement. (201052)

As a group, academies have an overall pattern of exclusions that is almost identical to the pattern for a control group of similar schools. Academies often inherit a large number of disengaged pupils and need to establish good behaviour in order to raise attainment. Academies place great emphasis on getting the basics right and improving behaviour in particular. As the new ethos and behaviour policy are implemented in an academy’s early days, the number of exclusions may rise, but it typically falls as behaviour improves. This phenomenon is not unique to academies; the same effect is often observed when a new head teacher transforms a struggling maintained school.

A paper illustrating the pattern of exclusions and comparing exclusions in academies with a control group of schools with similar characteristics has been placed in the House Library. The chart shows the overall distribution of exclusions in academies and a group of control schools.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rights of appeal are available to pupils permanently excluded from academies; and if he will make a statement. (201067)

The funding agreements of all academies provide that all pupils permanently excluded from academies have the right to an independent appeal panel in the same way as they would following permanent exclusion from a maintained school.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether academies are required to provide parents of excluded pupils with a right of appeal to an independent exclusions appeal panel; and if he will make a statement. (201112)

All academies are required to provide parents of permanently excluded pupils with the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel.