Heads who break the law must face the consequences

Just as motorists are sent on speed awareness courses, leaders who flout the rules should be informed about SEND legislation, writes Nancy Gedge

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If I had my way, I’d send myself on a course about special educational needs and disability law. This is not because I once fancied the idea of myself in a wig and gown, saying m’lud a lot, but because I can see why knowing a bit about the law surrounding SEND would be a jolly useful thing.

Take exclusions. The exclusion of children from school, and thus their education, is the hot topic of the moment (there was even a recent Department for Education consultation on the matter, headed up by the former minister for SEND, Edward Timpson). There is guidance for headteachers; and a legal framework ...

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