The government has launched a consultation on revised guidance for excluding and expelling pupils.
The DfE claims the guidance aims to “clarify” areas that were “causing confusion in the system”, rather than change existing policy.
It also includes “corrected descriptions of legal requirements” that it said were not clear enough in the previous guidance, which dates from 2012.
The proposed changes are due to come into effect in September 2017.
They come two years after the government dropped new guidance weeks after it was issued, due to problems with “process”.
The proposed changes to the guidance include certain clarifications, such as that schools cannot extend a fixed-term exclusion. Instead, they must issue a further fixed-period exclusion.
Appeals from parents with SEN pupils will also be consulted on, as will the standard of proof to base a decision on.
The government has also issued new documents for headteachers and parents about the exclusion system.
The consultation runs until 25 April.
Each council in Wales is set to receive an extra £10,000 to buy musical instruments for pupils.
In a bid to generate funds, schools leaders have been letting facilities, hosting weddings and setting up nurseries, according to new research.
Forty ex-teachers are on the path back to teaching following a campaign which aims to tackle school recruitment challenges in Essex.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has voted in favour of joining to form a new union.
Research released by charity, The Challenge, has shown that thousands of schools across England are segregated along ethnic and socio-economic lines.
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