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Inclusion Support

Who are we?

The aim of the team is to ensure that exclusion from school is a final resort, and that those involved in the process have access to the guidance provided by the Department for Education. The team consists of a Senior Inclusion Support Officer. We also provide advice and guidance on Elective Home Education.

What do we do?

The Inclusion Support Team works in partnership with schools in Bedford Borough to provide support to pupils who are at risk of permanent exclusion from school. We also provide advice and guidance to families, schools and governing bodies regarding the Department for Education's statutory processes regarding exclusion from school. The Senior Inclusion Support Officer attends meetings in schools where a pupil is identified as being at risk of permanent exclusion, attends governors' meetings and Independent Review Panels to review the decision to permanently exclude a pupil, and can be contacted for advice and guidance regarding the exclusion process. The Senior Inclusion Support Officer is also the nominated Officer for Elective Home Education and can provide advice and guidance to parents regarding this.

We most frequently meet families in their child's school. Accessible meeting rooms are available at Borough Hall, if required. We are also happy to visit families in their home-setting, when necessary.

Who to contact

Contact Name
David Roberts/Erin Gibson
Contact Position
Senior Inclusion Support Officer/Inclusion Support Officer

Where to go

Borough Hall
Bedford Borough Council
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
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Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Our service can be contacted directly by families or pupils aged over 18 who want advice or guidance regarding the exclusion or home education process. We also write to all families of permanently excluded pupils giving a summary of the exclusion process and our contact details.

Age Bands
11-14 years old
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old