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Children’s Commissioner’s reports on school exclusions: the government’s response

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This provides the government's response to the second and third reports of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry on exclusion.

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The Children’s Commissioner’s reports: government response

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The two publications, They go the extra mile and Always someone else’s problem are reports of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner school exclusion inquiry, which focus on reducing inequality in exclusion and unlawful exclusion, respectively.

As the Commissioner’s reports set out, the issues that underlie the disparity seen in school exclusions are complex and longstanding, reflecting wider inequalities in society.

Schools have clear legal duties in relation to exclusion, equality and the provision of education for pupils with special educational needs. These duties are backed by a robust inspection system and there are established processes for raising complaints that cannot be resolved at a local level.