Allen & Overy hosts panel discussion to tackle issue of school exclusion
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With the number of children and young people being permanently excluded from state schools growing at a rate of 71% in the last 7 years, the first panel session will include a range of speakers including a young person who will share their experience of how being excluded has affected them and Edward Timpson MP.
The second panel event will focus on how governors should consider their role in the exclusions process and what strategies can be put in place to support schools before they get to this stage.
Following the series, Governors for Schools will launch a short eLearning module for governors, covering the role governors can play in reducing exclusions. Resources will include key questions governors should be asking on exclusions, commissioned by Allen & Overy.
Jane Higgins, Partner at Allen & Overy and Trustee of Governors for Schools, who will be chairing the events, said:
Creating an inclusive culture in schools for all children is both an economic and social imperative. The number of children and young people permanently excluded from state schools has grown at an alarming rate and this is affecting those who are most vulnerable in society.
Hannah Stolton, CEO of Governors for Schools added: “School exclusions are on the rise and school governors have an important role to play in tackling this issue. Children and young people who are excluded from school often face more challenges than their peers and can be limited in reaching their full potential.
“We’re grateful to be working with A&O to produce a webinar series and eLearning module to help governors make a difference to children and young people’s lives - and the route their lives will take.”