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Dealing with trouble at school

School exclusionIt can be alarming when things start going wrong for your child at school.

Their schoolwork and results may be getting worse, they might stop telling you about what they’ve been doing at school, you may get phone calls or letters from the school about their behaviour, or they might be excluded for a while.

You might think that it’s a slippery slope towards your child missing their chance for a good education. But it doesn’t need to be like that.

In this guide, we explain:

  • How to spot the early signs of problems at school.
  • How to work with the school and your child to get them back on track.
  • What exclusion is and what you can do about it.
  • Your rights and responsibilities as a parent.

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This guide has not been updated since 2009 as we have lost funding. However, we believe that most of it is still accurate - in particular all the information about what you can do to help will still be very useful. We are continuing to seek funding to update this guide.

Gill Keep - with thanks to Islington Law Centre.
With extra material by Margaret McGowan.

September 2009

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