Professor Ted Wragg conducts an imaginary case study with eight expert panellists. They have to decide whether they will exclude a primary pupil who bites, a teenage girl who wilfully ignores the dress code and a Rastafarian student who both smokes and fights to uphold his position as leader of a gang.
The panellists investigate at what point a school should decide to exclude and how much weight can be given to extenuating circumstances. They discuss the scenario where teachers refuse to have a pupil in their classes upon his return from exclusion.
Panelists include: Rachel Macfarlane, head of Walthamstow School for Girls, Richard Rieser, director of Disability Equality in Education, Easter Russell, an exclusions officer and Ron Haycock from the National Union of Teachers.