Two-Day School Exclusion Advocacy Training Course
The Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) is the UK’s foremost education advocacy service with a long record of advising, supporting, representing and successfully reintegrating excluded BME pupils back into full-time, mainstream education.
Day 1 Programme
Lessons learned from the children and young people with whom we have recently had contact;Lessons learned from the adults, partners, colleagues, teachers and others in authority;The underlying issues leading to challenging behaviour;Institutional racism as a factor in the exclusion of Black students;Seeking the underlying causes of alienation and conflict;Discriminatory practices relating to the treatment of Black pupils, pupils with special educational needs and children/young people in care;What can the young people and the parents reasonably expect from the school and local education authority?;What do we mean by natural justice and due process?; andThe role of mentors, mediators, counsellors - marginal containment or mainstream transformation.
Day 2 Programme
School Policies - implementation and monitoring;Case preparation: source of information – young person, parents and documentation;OFSTED Reports;Empowerment of pupils and parents within a child centred model;Significant parts of the DCSF Guidance on exclusions that advocates need to absorb;Procedures to be followed at the governing body Discipline Committee and Independent Appeal Panel hearings;Case studies to illustrate use of guidance;Alternatives to exclusion; andVolunteering as an Education Advocate for the CEN to practice skills learned from the course.
Contact the CEN to book a training course.
A shortened version of the course can also be delivered over one day.