When is a reinstated pupil not reinstated?

Teh, Mui Kim and Stott, Kenneth (2006) When is a reinstated pupil not reinstated? In: 15th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association: Keeping People and Property Safe in an Education Environment (ANZELA 2006), 4-6 Oct 2006, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Abstract

Bullying is, regrettably, prevalent in many countries, and schools are under considerable pressure to implement anti-bullying policies and disciplinary mechanisms to curb such dysfunctional behaviour. The most severe disciplinary measure is undoubtedly that of excluding (or expelling) the child. The procedure for this drastic action is provided for in England in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (“the Act”). However, under Section 67 of the Act, the parents of an excluded child may appeal to an independent panel that has the power to direct that the excluded child be reinstated. Where a school principal is faced with the prospect of reinstating an excluded child (i.e. the bully), what are the steps that can be taken to discharge the obligations to the excluded child, other pupils and members of staff? Must the excluded child be reintegrated into the class or should special arrangements be made for conducting his education separately? Can the teachers refuse to teach the excluded child? This is a situation that arose in the case of L (a minor), Re (2003) UKHL 9 and this paper discusses the case and other related cases, and analyses the House of Lord s’ decision concerning the meaning and effect of “reinstate” and “reinstated”, an issue that is of importance not only to individual pupils, but also to education authorities, school governing bodies, principals, teachers and parents


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: All copyright of material rests with the original authors. No presentations, or part thereof, may be reproduced in any format without the prior permission of the authors.
Depositing User: Ms Leslie Blay
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2010 04:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: bullying; litigation; education law; school law; special education; expulsion; excluded students; discipline
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7626

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