Exclusion and Drugs

What should governors do when a child is caught with cannabis? A panel of school governors discuss their legal responsibilities in relation to a series of events in a hypothetical school. After watching a series of reconstructions they debate exactly where the duties of the school governors lie. School governor expert Paul McGann keeps a close eye on the discussion and provides advice and guidance on dealing with the issues raised.

The team debate their responsibilities after a child is caught on the school grounds in possession of cannabis and the Head calls for permanent exclusion. The debate includes a discussion of the procedures involved in such an exclusion along with the role governors have in influencing the school’s policy. Finally the panel deliberate the introduction of random drugs searches as a method of avoiding such incidents in the first place.

The programme will be of value to school governors keen on understanding more about their role and how to ensure they act in the best interests of their school.

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