The recent high-profile case of 14 year old Yorkshire students reinstated by the Appeals Court after being expelled...
The recent high-profile case of 14 year old Yorkshire students reinstated by the Appeals Court after being expelled for taking an airgun to school, is the exception not the rule, according to a feature in the Independent's education section (p8).
There are around 13,000 permanent exclusions from school a year, but only 1,066 appeals to independent panels according to the latest available data (1994-95).
David Gillborn from the London University Institute of Education has found in research that parents are more vulnerable in the appeals process, often not receiving the information they need and not being informed by schools of their rights.
Schools were inconsistent in their reasons for expulsion, with just over 25% for aggressive behaviour and some children expelled for relatively minor infringements.
The National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers is refusing to teach the reinstated pupils from Yorkshire Martyrs School, and the National Union of Teachers also backs industrial action in tough discipline cases.