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Work on the trial commenced in September in the six local authorities which have so far committed to testing the new approach to school exclusion. These authorities are: Derbyshire, Lancashire, Wiltshire, East Sussex, Sefton and Redcar and Cleveland. The trial will cover at least 3,000 pupils “at-risk” of exclusion and we are currently in discussion with eight more local authorities who are hoping to join.
The trial authorities are currently working with their schools to establish their own local arrangements and to develop schools' capacity to take on increased responsibilities for commissioning alternative provision.
There will be an in-depth evaluation of the trial which will provide evidence of the impact of this new process on the outcomes for these “at-risk” pupils. Our intention is to consider legislative changes on the basis of this evidence.