Introduction to after the independent review panel

How to follow up once you have the IRP’s decision

This Step-by-Step Guide covers the process of obtaining minutes from the independent review panel, engaging in the governors' reconsideration of the exclusion, and informing the family of their options following a negative IRP decision.

The steps in this guide:

  1. Writing to the clerk to obtain the minutes;
  2. Requesting the arrangements for the reconsideration and asking to attend;
  3. Following up with the panel after reconsideration;
  4. Making a referral to a legal team after reconsideration.

When to use this guide

Use this guide once the independent review panel has given its decision and either recommended reconsideration One of the findings the IRPs can make. The effect is to send the decision back to the governors to consider again. There is no penalty if the governors come to the same decision again and uphold the exclusion. or quashed the exclusion and directed reconsideration of it. It is helpful to take these steps as quickly as possible because the governors do not have to inform you of their arrangements to reconsider the exclusion if directed to do so. They can make their reconsideration without giving notice to you or inviting the family to attend.

This guide covers situations where the IRP sends the decision back to the school’s governors.

  • If the IRP has upheld the exclusion, you should write to the family to let them know what this means for them. Consider using the Suggested Wording: Informing the Family that the Independent Review Panel has Upheld.

More information

  • If you want more information on the theory and practice that inform the steps in this guide see: Quick Guide: The Governors’ Duty to Reconsider

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