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Inclusion and Pupil Support Guidance

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This guidance covers the inclusion and support of learners of compulsory school age (although some elements will apply to all learners).
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This guidance covers the inclusion and support of learners of compulsory school age (although some elements will apply to all learners).



It provides advice and sets out responsibilities for maintaining high levels of attendance and positive behaviour in schools. The need to support pupils with additional needs to ensure they receive suitable education and avoid becoming disengaged from education. It also covers education provided outside the school setting.

The guidance replaces that currently contained in National Assembly for Wales Circular 3/99: Pupil Support and Social Inclusion. Guidance on tackling bullying (Respecting Others: National Assembly for Wales Circular 23/2003) and exclusions (National Assembly for Wales Circular 1 and 1A/2004) has previously been distributed. Whilst the guidance itself is not statutory it sets out the specific legislation which local authorities, schools and their partners are required to adhere to.

In summary, the main changes to previous guidance are as follows:

  • Presentation of a framework for inclusion to promote access to education for all and remove any barriers to learning.
  • Adoption of the term ‘Additional Learning Needs’ to cover those learners whose needs are greater than the majority of their peers.
  • Reflection of recent policy developments, including new arrangements under the Children Act 2004, Learning Pathways 14-19, and the Early and Extending Entitlement agendas.
  • Bringing attendance, behaviour and anti-bullying policies together within a whole-school approach.
  • More extensive guidance on providing support to pupils with additional learning needs.
  • Specific annexes containing additional information such as checklists for inclusive practices.
  • New attendance registration codes - previously sent separately to all schools in May 2004.
  • The introduction of school-level attendance targets for primary schools and for these to be set on all absences as opposed to unauthorised absences.
  • Increased emphasis on improving the level and use of information available on pupils receiving education outside the school setting as well as those pupils moving or joining schools.
  • New section on LAs and schools’ responsibilities for those pupils who are educated at home by parents.
  • New guidance on provision of education for young parents.
  • Guidance on new provisions under the Anti Social Behaviour Act, 2003 for Parenting Orders for behaviour problems and Parenting Contracts for poor attendance and behaviour problems.

Penalty notices for regular non-attendance

25/09/13
This guidance covers the use of fixed penalty notices for regular non attendance at school.
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Introduction

29/08/08
This document contains guidance for schools, local authorities and their partners relating to inclusion and pupil support. It aims to provide a framework for inclusion including key documents to assist in developing LAs’ and schools’ approaches to planning, supporting and meeting the needs of all l ...
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Section 1 - Inclusive Education; Summary of guidance for schools; Annex 1.i: Checklist for LEAs; Annex 1.ii: Checklist for schools; Annex 1. iii: SEN and Disability Act 2001

29/08/08
Inclusive education is an ongoing process concerned with ensuring equality of educational opportunity by accounting for and addressing the diversity present in schools.
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Section 2 - Supporting Pupils with Additional Learning Needs; Summary of guidance for schools; Annex 2.i Education for Young Parents

29/08/08
Evidence shows that certain factors which exist in children and young people’s lives place them at a greater risk of disengagement from school. Children and young people exposed to these factors are over-represented amongst those who are absent from school, exhibit poor behaviour, and who are exclu ...
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support: Section 3

29/08/08
School behaviour and attendance policy shapes the school ethos and makes a statement about how the school values and includes all the people in it.
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Section 4 - Attendance; Summary of guidance for schools; Annex 4.i - Registration practices and codes

29/08/08
Attendance in schools needs to remain a priority to ensure that children and young people are given the chance to achieve that of which they are capable. The statistical links between attendance and achievement are very strong.
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Section 5 - Provision of Education Outside the School Setting; Summary of guidance for schools; Annex 5.i: Pupil Referral Units

29/08/08
This section sets out the duties on LEAs and schools to provide education outside school settings.
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Section 6 - Elective Home Education; Summary of guidance for schools.

29/08/08
These guidelines recognise that elective home education is a key aspect of parental choice. It therefore aims to encourage good practice in relationships between LEAs and home educators.
 

Inclusion and Pupil Support - Document List

29/08/08
Documents referred to throughout the guidance.