3. Getting information from third parties

The Step-by-Step Guide: Education Records will help you through the process of making formal requests for information from organisations through subject access requests and freedom of information The process for obtaining information about a school or other body that is not personal to any individual. requests.

However, sometimes these organisations will have more informal discussions with you about the issues relevant to the exclusion, and can provide documents in a quicker, more straightforward way.

This will be the case with organisations who are removed from the exclusion proceedings but may be able to contribute helpful insight. For example, medical practitioners working with the young person, mentors outside of school, youth workers, extra-curricular activity facilitators and community workers. These people may all be able to tell you something that helps you to understand the circumstances around the exclusion, and inform your work with the young person.

  • To make first contact with a person or organisation to discuss the exclusion or related issues, consider using the Suggested Text: Asking a Third Party for Information.
  • In some circumstances, these people may be supportive of the exclusions challenge, and may be willing to provide a statement to the governors or IRP to explain why they think the young person should be reinstated. If this is the case, consider providing them with the Template Document: Statement from Third Party.

Once you have obtained the information and statements from third parties, or if there are none to obtain, click finish.