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AMA CALLS FOR CALM ON SCHOOLS

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The Association of Metropolitan Authorities has warned ministers against 'making policy on the hoof' after dispute...
The Association of Metropolitan Authorities has warned ministers against 'making policy on the hoof' after disputes over the exclusion of children with challenging behaviour.

Graham Lane, chairman of the AMA's education committee, said the case of a disruptive boy at a Nottinghamshire school had prompted much 'irresponsible' comment.

'The government must beware of making legislative changes on the hoof. It would, for example, be a total disaster if children and their parents were denied the right of appeal to an independent body. Without such rights many children could find themselves unjustly put out on the streets.'

He called instead for 'a cool look' at the pressures on schools behind the rise in exclusions and ways of helping excluded children.

He was speaking after education secretary Gillian Shephard reportedly accused governors, teachers and council officials of turning the 10-year- old Manton boy into a 'notorious hero'. She called on Nottinghamshire CC to solve the dispute.
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