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The late 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

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