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'End appeals power'

INDEPENDENT exclusion appeals panels should lose their powers to overturn schools' decisions to exclude pupils, delegates agreed. Instead they should only be able to recommend that heads and governors review their decisions.

The union had 32 cases in the past year in which members had balloted on industrial action as a result of appeal panel decisions. Incidents leading to contested exclusions included a boy bringing a pistol to school and another pupil caught selling cannabis.

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