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Hinds refuses to exclude the idea of new legislation

“Being excluded should never be at the cost of a child’s education.”

That was the message from education secretary Damian Hinds this week, as he warned that he may legislate to make schools accountable for students who they exclude.

He said: “No matter the obstacles they may face or the backgrounds they’re from, we want our young people to receive an education that fosters ambition and a confidence in their abilities.”

Exclusions have proved to be a thorny issue for schools, ministers and councils alike.

A report published this week showed that providers of alternative provision see it as ...

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