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Cerne Abbas CE VC First School Exclusions Policy
|Date of policy||February 2021|
Date reviewed by the
Member of staff
Cerne Abbas CE VC First School
|Review date||February 2022|
Exclusion in our school will always be extremely rare because of the consistent application of the Behaviour policy alongside the importance placed on teaching our Christian values of friendship, peace and trust. However, the school does need to have the use of exclusions as a final sanction where the welfare of other pupils and staff is put at risk by unacceptable behaviour.
The Law and Procedures - Set out clearly in Dfes/0087/2003.
Exclusions will only be considered at our school as a last resort when other strategies have been exhausted.
Examples of behaviour which may lead to consideration of exclusion are:
Before exclusion is implemented, various strategies, including the intervention of an Emotionally Engaged Adult to help the child understand his emotions and the involvement of parents, must have been used and exhausted. The school will consider the extent to which it can rely on the support of the parents of the child concerned. The supportive and positive response of parents to incidents is crucial.
Where the school experiences problems with a child’s behaviour of the kind set out above, the child’s class teacher will consult with the headteacher. The Procedures for Dealing with Emotional/Behavioural Difficulties will be followed. The support of DCC Behaviour Support Teachers will be enlisted. If after this support, the problem persists a Serious Behaviour File will be opened which sets out clearly:
Within seven days of the decision to open a Serious Behaviour File a letter will be sent by the school to the child’s parents or carer containing the following information:
In very rare and serious cases a child’s behaviour may put other pupils and staff at immediate risk of harm. In such cases it will be necessary to exclude a pupil for one day without prior notice. In most cases, however, we would hope that a letter to parents explaining the behaviour, its unacceptability and consequences of any repetition will be a more productive approach.
Only the headteacher has the power to exclude a pupil. Parents will be informed immediately by telephone or by letter of the decision to exclude the child and a meeting will be organised to discuss the situation.
Each of these cases should be judged on its merits; staff must ensure that they are fully aware of the facts, by taking written statements of the details of any incident that has led to the decision to exclude, before acting.
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