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Inclusion Support

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 Officer.


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 permanently excluded.


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 contact details.


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 consent.


Parents or pupils over 18 years of age who want advice regarding the exclusion process can contact us directly on 01234 276809 or ist@bedford.gov.uk.

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