Supporting the young person and undertaking advocacy at the IRP
There are steps to take before the hearing to ensure things run smoothly on the day.
It is best practice for the school to hold the IRP at a venue that is not connected with the excluding school.
Meeting with the family in advance can help you reassure them and plan your approach.
Knowing what you can expect is helpful for ensuring fairness at the hearing.
Undertaking advocacy is key to delivering a strong challenge to the exclusion.