The School Inclusion Project (‘SIP’) is a forum coordinated by the Garden Court Chambers Education Law Team in partnership with the Communities Empowerment Network, Coram Children's Legal Centre and the Law Centres Network.
Racialised minority and SEND children, and others who experience structural oppression, are disproportionately excluded from school. Evidence shows that exclusions harm children’s mental health and long term educational prospects, and that they increase the likelihood of social exclusion and engagement in criminal activity (the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’).
- Facilitate referrals for legal representation in school exclusion hearings and related legal proceedings;
- Share knowledge and best practice; and
- Identify and address systemic issues
SIP Group Communication
Most of SIP’s communications will be by email (via GoogleGroup), with quarterly meetings for SIP members to discuss topical issues. SIP is only open to individuals and organisations that predominantly support children who have been excluded and/or discriminated against in school. Any individual who predominantly represents schools, local authorities or similar organisations on school exclusion/inclusion issues should not be a member of SIP.
A launch event for SIP was held on 20 July 2021. To watch the recording, please click here.
SIP Training was held on 10 November 2021. To watch the recording, please click here.
The next SIP policy meeting, which is open to lawyers, campaigners, policy professionals and others working to advance the rights of children who experience discriminatory treatment at school, will be a hybrid meeting held at 6pm 7 February 2024 at Garden Court Chambers. Joining instructions will be made available nearer the time.
Become a member
To become a member of SIP (including being added to the GoogleGroup), please complete the form below.