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included, engaged and involved part 2: a positive approach to managing school exclusions, 18/03/11 [S]

The Scottish Government has published national guidance for schools and local authorities in managing school exclusions.

The purpose of this guidance is to clarify national policy on exclusion from schools in the context of national and local government responsibilities and aims for children and young people. The overarching aim is to support whole school communities, learning establishments and their partners to keep all learners fully included, engaged and involved in their education, wherever this takes place; and, to improve outcomes for those learners at risk of exclusion.

The guidance:

  • summarises legislation and procedures on exclusions and other relevant legislation
  • outlines policy and practice on exclusions in the context of current joint aims and priorities for children and young people including the national outcomes, Curriculum for Excellence and GIRFEC.
In Scotland, the power to exclude rests with local authorities and as such, it is the responsibility of local authorities to devise and implement policies and procedures on exclusion.  Exclusion is usually a short-term measure with the vast majority of exclusions (90%) for less than one week and the average length of exclusion 3 days.

For full details see included, engaged and involved part 2: a positive approach to managing school exclusions which is available from the Scottish Government website.

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included, engaged and involved part 2: a positive approach to managing school exclusions