Direct discrimination describes a situation where a young person is subjected to less favourable treatment as a result of a protected characteristic.
Consider the school's pack, the exclusion letter, and any evidence you have obtained from the school. Watch for any evidence that shows school staff expressing an interest in getting the young person off the register because of a protected characteristic. In addition, look for any evidence that the young person's exclusion is a harsher punishment than other people have received at the school in similar circumstances. If this arose from a protected characteristic, it would likely constitute direct discrimination.
At its simplest, direct discrimination is intended discrimination, as opposed to indirect discrimination, which is often unintended discrimination.
Answer the question: did the young person's protected characteristic encourage the headteacher to exclude them?
If the answer is yes, consider using the Suggested Wording document: Argument to the governing board: Pupil is a victim of direct discrimination
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