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Exclusion and Reintegration Team
Working closely with schools, governors, parents and professional colleagues to provide advice and guidance to aid the prevention of exclusion and ensure that procedures are followed correctly when a pupil is permanently excluded. We co-ordinate the admission of vulnerable children and young people without a school place, including those who have been permanently excluded and those unable to obtain a school place through county admissions. Exclusion and Reintegration Officers can also advise on the process of managed move whereby a pupil moves school in a planned way, with the agreement of the parent and schools involved, usually to prevent permanent exclusion.
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County Attendance Team
Providing support and guidance to both schools and parents, to ensure regular school attendance, alongside statutory duties to issue Penalty Notices and Prosecutions under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 and the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 amendment. Working closely with partner agencies to ensure appropriate interventions are considered before legal processes to challenge poor attendance are put in place.
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Elective Home Education
Establishing and maintaining contact with families educating their children at home, offering parents appropriate advice and support in the best interests of their children. Guidance is also provided for head teachers on what to do if a parent of a child on their school roll opts to home educate.
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Working with schools to identify children and young people who have left a school without a confirmed destination. The Pupil Tracking Officer liaises with partner agencies and other local authorities, firstly to establish the family’s new address, and then to ensure that a school application is made and the young person moves into new educational provision.
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Pupils Missing Out
A co-ordinated list of Children who are without a school roll, children who are being educated by Meadowbrook College and children who are on schools rolls and are known to be temporarily on reduced timetables. The team works closely with colleagues within the local authority, with schools and with partner agencies to reduce the length of time that children are without a school place or on reduced timetables. A strategic group oversees this work and will challenge barriers that prevent access to full time education provision.
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Alternative Provision Directory
Advice to schools seeking providers of alternative education placements for pupils on their roll, including information on commissioner/provider responsibilities, sample documentation and an Approved Providers List.
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