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Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion provides a range of specialist services aimed at supporting schools and academies with pupils who are permanently excluded from school or at risk of exclusion and / or disengagement:

Strategies available to support Schools via Social Inclusion

When a pupil has been identified as requiring specific intervention from external agencies, an EHAT should be considered before applying for this support.

Good quality advice and information booklets are available from Social Inclusion for schools, parents, carers, and other agencies on lunchtime, fixed term and permanent exclusions and pupils at risk of exclusion / disengagement.

Negotiated Transfer is a process that enables a pupil who needs a change to make a voluntary move to another school / academy, with the pastoral and educational support he or she needs.

New Protocol is an alternative to Permanent Exclusion that provides opportunity for Head teacher to apply to access the range of provision normally retained for pupils who are permanently excluded from school without the need to exclude.

Social Inclusion works with all schools and academies via the Fair Access Panel in a citywide protocol to make educational provision for ‘hard to place’ children in a fair and equitable manner.  There is a Secondary Panel that meets weekly and a Primary Panel that meets every two weeks to review cases.

Social Inclusion Team is made up of a Manager, Deputy Manager and 3 Inclusion Development Workers. It is the roll of the Inclusion Development Workers to develop efficient and effective city wide support to schools young people and families where behaviour is impacting on school placement and attainment.

For further information or enquiry please contact the Social inclusion Manager Carol Sarath on Tel 0151 233 5994.

Student Support Centres

The Support Centre Service provides temporary places for children having a difficult time in school and behaving in an unacceptable way. We offer support for children, their families and school by helping with practical help and ideas to help to change their behaviour.

The duration of a place in a Support Centre is expected to be between 6 to 12 weeks. Your son/daughter will remain the responsibility of their mainstream school and we work together to ensure that we are doing our best to support your child’s needs.

Our service is based in seven Centres located at Primary and Secondary schools across Liverpool. Centres are staffed by one teacher and two learning support assistants in a range of child friendly accommodation.

Children are referred by their school for a place in the Support Centre Service, preferably as part of a support package offered with the Early Help Assessment Tool. Schools can make a referral at any point in the school year and your child will be offered a place when a suitable one becomes available.

While your child is at a Support Centre we will ensure that they learn the basic skills in Mathematics and English appropriate for their age. The timetable will cover their statutory entitlement of age appropriate hours of education per week. Break and lunch times are spent in the Centres with the possibility for the group to join the host school if there is an opportunity to do an activity. Staff are always mindful of the safety of the group and other children in the school.

Parents/ carers are contacted regularly to inform them of progress and methods of support. The centre teacher works alongside other agencies to offer other types of support that we feel may help. We remain in regular contact with your child’s school and attendance information is sent to them ever week. A report is written about your child’s time in the Support Centre and is given to their school at the end of the placement.

At the start of a placement a review meeting is scheduled for week 4 when a decision is made by the child, their parents/ carers, school and the centre teacher about re-integration back into their school. This can be a phased integration and is monitored and supported to ensure the best opportunity for your child to succeed.

Please see the attached document on the right of the page for a list of Support Centres

For further information or enquiry please contact the Support Centre Manager Gill Smith or Social Inclusion Operations Team on 233 5994.

Frequently Asked Questions:-

Why do schools exclude pupils?

Sometimes pupils, for a variety of reasons, behave in ways which disrupt, offend or cause distress to others, both pupils and staff.  As a last resort, Head Teachers may use exclusion from school as a means to try to resolve the difficulties which may have arisen.

My child has been excluded from school – what happens now?

You will be contacted by the Social Inclusion Team to discuss your legal rights and your child’s education. For the first five days of the exclusion the school will set work for your child. From the sixth day of the exclusion onwards the Local Authority will provide full-time education.        

What is a New Protocol

New Protocol is an alternative to permanent exclusion were the provision offered is the same as if your child was permanently excluded but it does not go on their school record, and is not reviewed by the Governors. 

As a New Protocol is a voluntary agreement between you and the school you do not have any formal right of appeal or review as you would with a permanent exclusion and you have accepted that your child should no longer continue their education at that school/academy. 

What is meant by permanent exclusion?

The Headteacher can permanently exclude for a serious breach of school discipline when it is not intended that the pupil should return to the same school. Permanent exclusion can be for a number of incidents or for a one-off incident. 

Whilst your child is excluded from school, they must NOT enter the school premises unless requested to do so by the school or if your child is reinstated by the School Governors Committee.

What is the difference between Permanent Exclusion and New Protocol?

With New Protocol your child stays on the roll of the school but the In Year Fair Access Panel will seek provision for his/her education in another setting. With permanent exclusion Alternative arrangements for your child’s education to continue will be made. For the first five school days of the exclusion, the school will set work for your child to complete; from the sixth day of the exclusion onwards the Local Authority will provide full-time education. 

A New Protocol is a voluntary agreement between you and the school you do not have any formal right of appeal or review as you would with a permanent exclusion and you have accepted that your child should no longer continue their education at that school/academy.

What are the possible outcomes?

  • A place at the Primary/Secondary Education Centre for a period of assessment.  
  • Alternative Education Provision (Key Stage 4 Pupils only)
  • An alternative school as an ‘Allocated Place’

SCHOOL AGED PREGNANCY EDUCATION SUPPORT (SAPES)

This service offers support to pregnant school girls and school aged mothers to continue their education for a set period of time before and after birth if they are unable to attend school. A teacher is available to teach in the home 9 weeks prior to the expected date of delivery through to 9 weeks after the birth. Teaching sessions are between 10am and 12pm and 1pm and 3pm. Two sessions a week will be provided depending on timetable availability. The SAPES teacher will focus on core subjects, i.e. English, Maths and Science in the first instance.

Further contact will be made with the family when the pregnant schoolgirl can no longer attend school for medical reasons. For the majority of young women this will coincide with week 31 of pregnancy.

  • A home visit will be arranged- Mrs J Walsh will meet the young woman and her family. The parent/guardian will be asked to sign the appropriate documentation. Teaching times are confirmed. There is also the opportunity to find out more about the young woman and discuss any anxieties she may have.
  • Contact with the home school- Mrs J Walsh will contact/meet with home school to request work, resources, academic attainment, etc.
  • Teaching commences.

Reintegration- at the post-birth review, a reintegration programme is put in place with the home school, SAPES and any other agencies involved with the young woman and baby. Once a successful reintegration has taken place the young woman is discharged from SAPES.

Referrals are made to SAPES through the Social Inclusion Operations Team. 0151 233 5991

For additional information click here for our Alternative Provision Team information page

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
socialinclusionteam@liverpool.gov.uk

Where to go

Postcode
L3 1AH

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

If you need to talk to Social Inclusion Team about a Negotiated Transfer or a New Protocol or Permanent Exclusion then you can contact the Social Inclusion Team. They can offer you advice when your child’s behaviour is causing a problem in school.

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5 to 11)
Secondary (11 to 16)