When considering an exclusion, it is not the governing board's role to take a view on the exclusion before the hearing or to be an advocate for the school. It is not their place to discipline the young person for what they are accused of having done. Doing any of these things may make the family feel less able to advocate for themselves and expose a bias in favour of the headteacher and school staff.
Consider the records of the governing board hearing and speak with the family.
Answer the question: Did the governing board undermine their impartiality by appearing to side with the school or acting in a hostile manner towards the family?
If the answer is yes, consider using the Suggested Wording document: Argument to the IRP: Governing board's decision unfair (hostile)
Once you have answered this question, click continue to complete this guide.