The Inclusion Support Team is a
part of the Early Help and Intervention Service.
We work 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 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 currently consists of a Senior Inclusion
Support Officer, an Adviser for Social, Emotional and Behavioural
Difficulties, a Behaviour Support Worker and a Parenting Support
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 Adviser for Social, Emotional and
Behavioural Difficulties and the Behaviour Support
Worker provide schools with strategies to support young
people at risk of exclusion and also work with pupils to support
them with the difficulties they are experiencing in school. The
Parenting Support Officer works with parents of
pupils at risk of exclusion to help them work in partnership with
their school to try and help them reduce their child's behavioural
difficulties. The team also offer training to schools regarding
Inclusion and Behaviour Support.
The team works with all schools in Bedford Borough,
and also provides support to families of pupils who live in Bedford
Borough but are educated elsewhere. We are based at Borough Hall,
but mainly work in school settings or family homes.
We can provide advice and guidance to families (or
pupils aged over 18 years of age) who are attending an Educational
Establishment and are either at risk of exclusion, or have been
Our service can be contacted directly by families
or pupils aged over 18 who want advice or guidance regarding the
exclusion process. We also write to all families of permanently
excluded pupils giving a summary of the exclusion process and our
Team members undergo regular training to ensure
that they are aware of current legislation regarding the statutory
guidance on exclusion and disabilities, and the strategies to
support behavioural difficulties that place a pupil at risk of
exclusion from school.
Our team's services to support pupils at risk of
exclusion are normally accessed directly by schools via the
submission of an Early Help Assessment, with signed parental
Parents or pupils over 18 years of age who want
advice regarding the exclusion process can contact us directly on
01234 276809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.