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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which local authorities have established pupils at risk panels; (231381)

(2) which authorities have reduced the number of exclusions of pupils by the operation of pupils at risk panels.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the use of learning support units being used as a form of internal exclusion of pupils in schools. (231383)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the practice of informal or unofficial exclusions of pupils from maintained schools. (231390)

The Department receives a small number of complaints under sections 496 and 497 of the Education Act 1996 about school exclusions, some of which allege informal, unofficial or illegal exclusions. These complaints are dealt with as appropriate under the Act.