exclusions

How long is a school day? How long is a piece of string?

One of the much vaunted ‘freedoms‘ which academies ‘enjoy’ is the ability to decide on the length of the school day. Anyway, from September 2012, maintained schools will enjoy pretty much the same freedom, because the Secretary of State has revoked the old ‘Circular 7/90′ which specified minimum day lengths and the like in maintained…

New exclusion review panel arrangements to apply to academies and free schools

From September 2012 the the coming into force of section 4 of the Education Act 2011 will mean that the existing Independent Appeal Panel regime for challenging permanent exclusions from maintained schools will be replaced (only in England) with a ‘review’ mechanism. On 13 April 2012, the Secretary of State laid before parliament regulations which…

Children’s Commissioner’s report on school exclusions picks up concerns about academies

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting report about exclusions (including ‘informal exclusions’) from schools, the Children’s Commissioner has raised particular concerns about the process at academies. Among other things she recommended that: 4. The Secretary of State must fully investigate, as a matter of urgency, accusations made to the Inquiry regarding some Academies failing to abide…

Who looks at acanofworms?

I’m delighted that there have now been been over 10,00 views (setttling down to an average of about 1,000 a week) of this blog. Judging by who follows acanofworms on twitter, they come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, some pro academies, some anti academies and some just interested. Do all feel free…

Academies putting pupils on ‘reduced timetables’

I am seeing and hearing about a growing number of pupils being placed by Academies on ‘reduced timetables‘, or on ‘vocational courses’ despite being clearly capable of full time and more academic courses. I can’t refer to most of them in any detail because of confidentiality concerns. But I have been given permission by the…

What about discrimination against disabled people?

The short answer is that is unlawful for a public authority (and that includes academies and free schools) to discriminate against disabled people. The rules relating to academies/free schools and discrimination generally are in another post. This post deals with the extra rules that relate to disability discrimination. Section 85(6) of the Equality Act 2010…

What about the Independent School Standards?

The short answer is that, as independent schools, academies and free schools must comply with the independent school standards, albeit in a slightly modified form. Academies and free schools are in law types of independent school. That means that the Independent School Standards Regulations as set out in schedule 1 to the regulations apply. However,…

What happens with permanent exclusions?

The short answer is that it varies so you need look in the funding agreement for the particular academy/free school with which you are concerned. This is an area where, over time, and possibly even between academies created at the same time, different agreements have done different things. That, presumably, is because this is a…