Increase in solicitors’ workload predicted with new parenting plans.
Added: (Mon Jul 09 2001)
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www.family-solicitors.co.uk believes if Labour’s proposals to give headteachers greater powers to exclude violent and disruptive pupils permanently come into effect, solicitors will see a growth in cases brought against schools.
The Government wants to scrap targets to cut the number of exclusions and legally force parents to make their children behave. Under the proposals in the forthcoming Education Bill, panels hearing appeals against exclusions will be able to consider the effect of a child's behaviour on the school.
Principal of Family Solicitors, Adrian Miles:
“Disruptive pupils are a great problem in today’s schools, while teachers have their hands tied in what they can do to discipline them. Parents must take more responsibility for the conduct of their children, and this is one way to force them to do this. Therefore, this could be a very important development in family law.”
“Without doubt, parents of pupils excluded will be looking at legal advice in many cases… as will the schools. Solicitors must be ready for this caseload if the Government puts these plans into action.”
Further information from Matthew Clarke 01209 822060 firstname.lastname@example.org
· www.family-solicitors.co.uk is a free legal information site and legal referral service.
· Plans will also be announced to extend court-imposed parenting orders, forcing adults to take responsibility for their children's behaviour and stop them being disruptive.
· Around 10,400 pupils were permanently excluded in 1998-9, falling to 8,600 in 1999-2000.