As with its predecessor of 2009, the 2012 Exclusions Code emphasises the need for schools to have regard to SEN when making a decision to exclude.
Where the SEN concerned is a disability, “reasonable adjustments” will be required to avoid a possible claim for disability discrimination. A later article will consider how best to do this. Here I consider the role of a new player in the exclusion process, the independent SEN expert.
Unless handled carefully, this risks complicating a permanent exclusion at the final stage, when it is being considered by an Independent Review Panel (IRP) following approval by the governors’ discipline committee.
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