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Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The School Governors' Discipline Committee
Every School Governing Body must:
- review the use of exclusions in the school;
- consider the representaion of the excluded pupil and his / her parents;
- decide whether or not to confirm exclusions;
- have regard to DfE guidance:
Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England
(A guide for those with legal responsibiluities in relation to exclusion.)
The Governing Body can delegate some or all of its functions in respect of exclusions to a committee consisting of at least three governors and such a committee may be called the Discipline Committee.
If a headteacher decides to exclude a pupil both the parent(s) / carer(s) and the Discipline Committee should be promptly informed.
Parents have the right to make representations to the Committee, and can be accompanied to the meeting that will be held to consider the exclusion. The timescales for the Discipline Committee to meet for fixed period or lunchtime exclusions are detailed in the Fixed Exclusions flowchart.
The Discipline Committee must meet within 15 school days after the date that the Committee was informed of the exclusion. After considering the evidence, the Committee can uphold the exclusion decision or reinstate the pupil. See the Perma nent Exclusions flowchart for details.
Independent Reviews Panel
If a parent disagrees with the decision of the Discipline Committee there is a legal right to apply for an Independent Review. If an application for a review is made the Local Authority / Academy Trust must arrange a hearing within 15 school days. The review hearing will include the parent, the pupil, the Headteacher, a member of the Discipline Committee and legal representatives of any party. A panel of three people who are independent from the excluding school / academy will hear the review.
City of Birmingham School (formerly the Behaviour Support Service)If the Discipline Committee upholds the exclusion decision a referral is made to the Local Authority City of Birmingham School.
Arrangements are made for an alternative placement for the pupil. However, if the pupil concerned has a statement of Special Educational Needs, the Local Authority makes a referral to the SEN Assessment and Review (SENAR) service..