The minister responsible for SEND and disadvantaged children has said he wants to explore ways to encourage schools to work together to not exclude pupils.
Nadhim Zahawi was speaking at a meeting on reducing exclusions and closing the gap for children with SEND at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
He raised the issue of off-rolling pupils, where parents are encouraged to remove their children from the school roll to avoid a formal exclusion.
He said: “I want to be crystal clear that such activity is illegal, unethical and will not be tolerated.
“I have already said that an excluded child is clearly at a severe disadvantage compared to their non-excluded peers.
“Arguably, an excluded pupil with a special educational need is at an even greater disadvantage, not only does an excluded pupil with SEN lose what their non-SEN counterparts would lose, but they also lose any additional SEN support their school provides them.”
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