On 28th November 2018 the Education and Training Inspectorate published the Chief Inspector’s Report 2016-2018. The Report details that in the academic year 2016-17, 4,084 pupils of compulsory school age (four to 16) were suspended equating to over 15,000 lost school days.
Suspension is a significant sanction which can have serious consequences for the pupil and is subject to judicial review or a complaint to the Ombudsman.
Schools are reminded of the importance of having a comprehensive policy of insurance and their right to appoint their chosen Solicitor via their insurer.
The O’Reilly Stewart Education Department has advised numerous schools on how the implementation of their disciplinary policy. Any schools experiencing difficulties should contact Seamus McGranaghan or Hannah McGrath.