An independent review panel (IRP) is a group of people brought together for the purpose of reviewing the decision of the school’s governors to uphold an exclusion from a state-maintained school. It is not for them to review the original decision by the headteacher (which is what the school governors do), rather to check the overall process was followed fairly and the criteria correctly applied. They also make sure that the hearing itself follows processes that are fair. The process comprises both sides being able to submit written evidence and ask questions of the other side.
Managing your way through processes that you are not familiar with is daunting, especially when the welfare of your child is in question. Our education lawyers specialise in helping you through it.
The statutory guidance on exclusions states that any request from families for a review of a school’s governors’ decision to exclude, must be received within 15 school days of the date the family was notified of their decision. In practice, it’s often the case that delays are allowed to give people more time to prepare.
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