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Rotherham Educated Other Than At School (EOTAS) Service - Exclusions

The Rotherham EOTAS Team provides resources, advice and guidance to support all parties with the exclusion processes, many of which have challenging and complex issues. These include:

  • An exclusion helpline (01709 334077) that is available 5 days per week for exclusion queries from schools, parents and carers and practitioners
  • Legal advice to head teachers, principals and school SLT on the exclusion process and good practice
  • Advice to parents and carers on the exclusion process
  • Attendance at Governor Review meetings for exclusions over 15 days in one term, permanent exclusions and Independent Review hearings
  • Training to school SLT and staff that have a role in the exclusion process
  • Training for clerks to governors regarding the Governor’s Disciplinary Meeting
  • Governor training around the legality of exclusions and updated guidance – offered on differing levels of expertise (legal requirement every 2 years).
  • Ensuring head teachers and principals follow the legal process for exclusion and the likelihood of challenge is reduced
  • Parents and carers receive relevant information and impartial advice on exclusion
  • Guidance, model letters and reporting forms provided through the Rotherham Exclusions Toolkit
  • Tracking and monitoring of pupils at risk of permanent exclusion
  • Contribution to preventative strategies to avoid exclusion
  • Signposting parents, carers, school staff and practitioners to other agencies/sources of support if appropriate
  • Where requested, facilitation of Managed Moves
  • Ensuring that pupils receive their statutory entitlements to statutory education, if they are subject to permanent exclusion/FX over 15 days per term/45 days per year.
  • Attend and support Rotherham Social Emotional Mental Health Partnership’s Primary and Secondary Pupil Management groups.

The team can be contacted on tel. 01709 334077 or email: exclusions@rotherham.gov.uk