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 by relevant law with regard to exclusions. If
these allegations are proven, he should apply appropriate sanctions to the schools concerned.

5. Separately, clarity is urgently needed about the role of the Education Funding Agency, the DfE and
the Secretary of State in relation to Academy complaints and oversight. The Education Funding
Agency must be resourced to handle, in a timely fashion, complaints raised by parents about the
behaviour of Academies where that behaviour is alleged to be in breach of contracts and funding
agreements between school and state.

The Commissioner is apparently going to ask the Department to respond on those things by the end of May 2012 and then consider what, if any, further action she should take.

As ever, all thoughts welcome!

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