Rollits provides advice about suspensions and exclusions in the education sector

Dedicated to supporting schools, colleges and multi-academy trusts, local law firm Rollits is all set to deliver an insightful workshop on Wednesday 28 June.

Over the last year, Rollits has held a number of business breakfasts on a variety of topics and asked people to suggest other areas they might be interested in, one of which was suspensions and exclusions in the education sector. Caroline Hardcastle is a Partner and the Head of Education at Rollits, so we had a chat with her about what this means for education leaders.

“On Wednesday 28 June we’re holding a practical workshop at Swanland Primary School that will highlight the legal process around suspensions and exclusions,” said Caroline. “This event will be very useful for headteachers and especially school governors, as those with statutory responsibility must have a detailed understanding of the process.”

Caroline told us that in September 2022, new guidance was released by the Department for Education and this is being updated again, taking effect from September 2023:

“Our event is perfectly timed, as it will provide education leaders with the information and guidance they require before the new provisions take effect. The workshops will look at the processes and procedures from a legal perspective, which will be covered by me and Senior Solicitor Harriet Wheeldon. We’ll be joined by Sarah Young, who has over twenty years of school and Trust leadership experience. Sarah will explain what the guidance means, what to consider, and how it will affect you.”

The new guidance from the DfE is designed to encourage schools to look at all options, including managed moves and off-site direction, so that exclusions are a last resort. Schools are also required to record information on suspensions and exclusions, which the governing board can then analyse to determine if there are any common themes that will help to minimise the number of exclusions.

“We’re looking forward to holding this event,” said Caroline. “If you work in the education sector, come and join us for an informative session which will highlight the legal process and share top tips.”

As well as this education training workshop, the team at Rollits is planning additional events for 2023/24:

Thursday 16 November 2023 (Autumn Term)

The challenges and accountabilities of growing complex SEND needs

Target audience: Headteachers/Principals, CEOs, SENDCOs, Inclusion Leaders and SEN Governors.

Thursday 7 March 2024 (Spring Term)

Balancing Acts: Exploring the risks and rewards of sustaining a positive workplace culture

Target audience: Sector Leaders, HR Leads, Trustees and Governors.

Thursday 2 May 2024 (Summer Term)

Managing the top 5 sector reputational risks

Target audience: Sector leaders, CEOs, CFOs, Trustees and Governors.

You can keep up to date with talks, workshops and other events organised by Rollits on their Events page.