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Freedom of Information Request

IRP and Exclusions

Received: 1 July 2020

I would be grateful for responses to the following questions:


1) How many mainstream schools are in your area? Please break this down into a) LA maintained primary b) academy primary (any type) c) LA maintained secondary d) academy secondary (any type) and e) free school.

2) How many permanent exclusions was your authority notified of in the academic year 2018/19*? In providing this information please break this down by school type as outlined above (a, b, c, d and e).

3) How many of the excluded pupils were children whom the schools recognised as having Special Educational Needs (SEN)? Please include those receiving Additional SEN Support and those with an Educational, Health and Care Plan (ECHP). In providing this information please break it down by school type as outlined above (a, b, c, d and e). Please also indicate the number of children with an EHCP.

4) In the academic year 2018/19 how many applications for Independent Review Panels (IRPs) were received by your authority? In providing this information please break it down by school type as outlined above (a, b, c, d and e).

5) How many IRPs resulted in an offer of reinstatement from the school? In providing this information please break it down by school type as outlined above (a, b, c, d and e).

6) In the academic year 2018/19 how many IRPs recommended: i) a school reconsider the exclusion; ii) that the exclusion should be quashed? Finally, how many upheld the decision? In providing this information please break it down by school type as outlined above (a, b, c, d and e).

7) How many applications for an IRP in the academic year 2018/19 contained a request for a SEN expert to be appointed? How many of these resulted in the appointment of a SEN expert?

8) In total, how many of the IRPs where a child had SEN (with or without an EHCP) resulted in: i) a recommendation that the school reconsider the exclusion; ii) a recommendation that exclusion be quashed; iii) the exclusion being upheld? Please state how many reviews proceeded with a SEN expert for each category (i,ii,iii).

*If your 2018/19 statistics are not yet available please provide the statistics for the 2017/18 academic year.

Outcome / Documents

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