House arrest, anyone?
In all of the publicity surrounding the proposals for Trust schools in the Education and Inspections Bill, an awful lot of other horrors are going pretty much unremarked.
We've spent the day (and some of the night) working on the 'house arrest' clause 90, which compels any child excluded from school to stay at home during school hours - ie. 'indoors' if you don't have a garden - and creates yet another criminal offence for parents, plus a lot more besides. It potentially breaches so many Articles of the ECHR that it's probably quicker to list the ones it *doesn't*.
Then there's clause 77, which gives disciplinary powers to schools for children's behaviour outside school hours and off the premises. Clause 94 which allows the 'removal' and detention of excluded children... If you've got the stomach for it, the whole thing can be downloaded here
What really sticks in the craw is that two-thirds of permanent exclusions are of children with SENs. A child with special needs is 10-15 times more likely to be excluded - whether permanently or temporarily.
'Inclusion' is a strange pretence: it's a great idea, but in reality too many vulnerable children (and their families) are ending up trashed by what's going on at the moment.