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Should exclusions be scrutinised by Councils?

Should exclusions be scrutinised by Councils?

The chair of the parliamentary education committee has demanded extra powers for councils to scrutinise schools’ approach to exclusions.

In a letter to the education secretary Damian Hinds, sent following a recent inquiry into exclusions and knife crime, Robert Halfon made a set of recommendations to the government.

Urging schools to “intervene early” with at-risk pupils, Halfon called for “local authority monitoring” of their approach to exclusions.

“Local authorities do not have a sufficiently strong role to play in scrutinising schools’ approaches to exclusions in the first place,” he wrote. “We urge the department to consider giving local authorities more power to monitor exclusions.”

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