There may be time when a child cannot attend school full-time, due to, for example,
Also, there may be times when a child is experiencing severe behavioural difficulties at school and is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with full-time attendance.
Where appropriate to meet the needs of the child, the law allows the short term use of a part-time/reduced timetable. The parents of the child must agree to any part time timetable.
Internal exclusions are not subject to the same legal framework of reporting and monitoring as external exclusions. Schools do not have to report these figures to us, or even their own Governors, so there is no consistent knowledge of their use.
Some schools will set children the same work that they would have carried out within their normal classes so they don’t fall behind, but this is not always the case and often children are set age appropriate work but miss out on their normal teaching.
If your child is subject to recurring internal exclusions it may be a sign that their needs are not being met. It is a good idea to discuss what else could be done to support your child with the school SENCO.
A part-time timetable must not be treated as a permanent or long-term plan. The arrangement should always agree an end-date by when it is expected that the child will return to full-time education (or when an alternative will be provided) and be reviewed regularly in the light of any changes to the child’s circumstances. A temporary part-time timetable should provide a way to help the pupil back into full-time education.