NGA’s recent project on governance workload found that exclusion panels are a huge drain on volunteers, both in terms of time and the emotion, and risk damaging the relationships built up with school leaders over time. NGA is proposing that this activity is removed from governors and trustees, who would retain oversight for the exclusions policy as a board, but not get involved in cases of individual pupils. Come and tell us what you think of this proposal. We will be trying to convince the DfE of the need for change, but have we convinced you?
In the meantime, there is still the task of sitting on exclusions panels: we will spend the first hour considering the board’s role with behaviour policies and looking at good practice of preparing for and making decisions in these difficult cases