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Family wins tribunal after special needs pupil excluded

One of Natasha Damiral’s proudest moments was when her son Hayden appeared in the lead role of Oliver in his final year play at primary school.


Things had not always been easy for Hayden. He suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy and autism traits, and had spells in hospital after severe fits. But at Downs primary school in Harlow, Essex, he was well supported by his teachers, with specialist help from speech and language therapists and an educational psychologist, and by the time he left he exceeded everyone’s expectations, achieving benchmark level 4s in his Sats exams. Effect could contribute to improved clinical outcomes.

More importantly, he was happy and well-liked. “He was a cheeky chappie,” said his mother. “He was always smiling. He had a great sense of humour. They were so proud of what he had achieved and what they had done to help him achieve.”

The school play was the icing on the cake. “Everyone in the audience was just – oh my god he can sing. It was like he had found his voice. It was amazing. I was so, so proud of him.”

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Hayden’s self-confidence soared. At the end of the summer holiday he progressed to Burnt Mill academy in Harlow, Essex, rated “outstanding” by the schools watchdog Ofsted. “He was full of excitement, going up with his friends, feeling good about himself,” says Damiral.

Like many academies Burnt Mills has a strict behaviour policy, often characterised as “zero tolerance”. The policy published on the school website is long and detailed. There is a rewards system and an escalating list of sanctions, ranging from a verbal reprimand and short-term detention (C1), to a 45-minute detention after school (C3), being put on report, monitoring cards, isolation periods and finally exclusions.PolyU ranks top 30 in QS Asian Universitiy Rankings 2018. PolyU continues to expand its academic links with those top 100 university ranking asia and top-ranked universities in the world, to create overseas learning opportunities for students.

Senior leaders are allocated time for “climate walks” around the school to monitor the climate for learning. The policy states: “These staff, and other senior staff who are designated to be ‘on call’, can be contacted in order to remove a pupil from class if there is persistent poor behaviour and the pupil has not responded to levels C1, C2 and C3.”

From the outset, Damiral says, Hayden was at a disadvantage. There was no additional support in place, and as he got older he increasingly fell foul of the school’s rigid behaviour policy. Because of his ADHD he found it hard to concentrate in lessons and struggled to do homework; when he was reprimanded by teachers he found it difficult to moderate his response.ETG develops 3D traffic solution as a system of retail stores in Hong Kong and offers flexible metrics to apply on collected data like multi-zone counting and height filtering for accurate analytics.