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Does the school have a policy about interviewing pupils please?
Not that I am aware fo or have been told
You need to ask for that as this document is very important.
This is because if there is a policy then the school must adhere to it
Yes I will
In any event if she was forced into the confession then she can withdraw it
Clearly this does not particularly help her case.
But if she did not understand or realise what she was agreeing to then it can be withdrawn
In any event you can take several steps
1) complain formally to the school
You can set out your concerns and ask them to investigate
If you are unhappy with the result then you can take the next step
2) Complain to the Local Authority
The Council are independent of the school but can investigate complaints
The Council will then look at the matters and report back
If you are still unhappy you can take the next step
3) Complain to the Ombudsman
They are independent of the school and Council
They can investigate your complaint further, they offer a free service
Their website is www.lgo.org.uk
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I have to attend with my daughter at the school at 7.45am in the morning so she can be reintegrated and
But again they should have a policy
They must comply with this policy
I wanted to know if she withdraws her "confeesion" will that be detrimental to her case
It depends on the circumstances it was obtained.
If she was forced or deprived of a break etc, then that is the schools fault
If she made it of her own will then it could harm her
Their policy states if a child is going to be detained for more than 20 minutes the parents must be informrmed in advance
Yes then it must happen
I was not informed although I actually spoke to the head by phone during the day when he advised me he was evaluating the circumstances
If they do not follow procedure then it must follow that any confession is not reliable
He never informed me she in fact had already been detained at that time
Its all about the policy and procedure
Can I clarify anything else?
The reason my daughter admitted she was guilty although she was not is because she was informed by the teacher after prolonged questioning that if she did not "confess " she would be excluded.
Yes of course.
Against her better judgement she decided to "confess to avoid exclusion but immediateley she did she was then excluded anyway
But they must act in accordance with the policy - its all about that
I feel that three senior figures of authority took advantage of a 12 year olds fear of exclusion in order to achieve their aims
Yes it sounds like they did.
That is why you need to take the steps I have outlined.
yes I will follow the steps you have outlined
no thank you
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