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Challenging discriminatory school exclusions

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Communities Empowerment Network

Unit 101 Shakespeare Business Centre

245a Coldharbour Lane

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SW9 8RR

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Challenging discriminatory school exclusions

Black Caribbean pupils, pupils with special education needs (SEN), disabilities, Gypsy and Traveller pupils and boys have higher than average rates of school exclusion. There is no real explanation for why these groups are at greater risk of exclusion compared to their counterparts. Disproportionate exclusions of a particular group suggest that discrimination may play more of a role than we care to admit.

A discriminatory school exclusion can have wide reaching consequences for a child and his/her family. It can prevent a child achieving their full educational potential, cause stress within the family and lead to depression and feelings of dis-enfranchisement. Discriminatory exclusions affect our perceptions of fairness and justice.

Many parents feel their child has been discriminated against, e.g. their child, who has SEN, has been excluded permanently for disruptive behaviour while a child without SEN has not. Often parents are not sure whether the exclusion is discriminatory since the school will give a good explanation for the difference in treatment or simply deny it altogether. This can make it hard for parents to recognise discrimination when it occurs. It can also be hard to challenge discrimination, especially if you do not know the law and/or what you need to do to prove discrimination.

Understanding how the law protects your child against discrimination in decisions to exclude; and knowing how to challenge discriminatory exclusions will empower you to take effective action.

About the training

This training will help you understand:

  • equality law as it applies to education, in particular exclusions;
  • how you can identify and challenge discriminatory behaviour and practice by a school;
  • the duty on schools to avoid disproportionate and discriminatory outcomes in exclusions.

It will also be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences of discrimination in the education process.

Who should attend

Parents, community groups, involved in tackling inequality in an education context, education advocates or anyone who wants to know more about equality law in education.

What you will get out of this workshop

By attending this workshop, you will learn about:

  • Equality law 2010 - duties on school
  • The experiences of others in challenging discrimination by schools
  • How to recognise/identify discriminatory exclusions
  • The role of unconscious bias in decisions to exclude
  • Options for challenging discriminatory exclusions
  • The legal process for challenging a discriminatory exclusion

Dates

Saturday 21 April 2017

Friday 22 July 2017

Saturday 21 October 2017

Time
10.00am - 4.00pm

Venue
Communities Empowerment Network, Unit 101, 245a Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8RR

Cost
£45 (Early bird booking £35).

Enquiries
Please contact Esther Maynard on 020 7733 0297 or email: esther (@) cenlive (.) org

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