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School Exclusions Review – NNPCF Response

June 7, 2018

In response to the schools exclusions review that has been taking place, the NNPCF asked its members to contribute towards a national response. A survey was sent out to all parent carer forums to offer them an opportunity to participate in our national response.

22%  of Parent Carer Forums responded to our survey informing our submission.

One of the key concerns raised was about the quality and consistency of SEN support offers in both mainstream schools and academies. This shows us that the reform implementation has yet to make sufficient impact consistently for the largest cohort of SEND pupils. One of our national priorities this year is SEN support, which reflects our members concerns.

Key Highlights:

  • 95% of respondents said they are aware of SEND pupils  being placed on part time timetables.
  • 80% of respondents said they are aware of unofficial exclusions taking place for children and young people with SEND
  • 42% of respondents said that they are aware of SEND pupils not accessing appropriate split placements due to lack of suitable specialist provision.

Take a look at the NNPCF Member Survey Exclusions Response Analysis to see more information from parent carer forums.

Our full response, NNPCF Response to Exclusion Call for Evidence also included submissions of information from SEND Family Voices, the Parent Carer Forum for Kingston and Richmond. At the time of submission, they had shared with us two resources that help parent carers and practitioners have a better understanding of the laws surrounding SEND pupils and Exclusions, as well as what reasonable adjustments should be expected of schools to facilitate. Their ‘Why Me?’ document and ‘I want to be just like everyone else’ both make it clear what parent carers can expect schools to offer as part of their statutory duties as well as offering clear guidance on what can be done if a child or young persons needs are not being met.