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Case 365 -Students banned from attending school on their last day

Issue

A media article carried a story of a school banning sixth year students from attending on their last day, citing health and safety.

Panel opinion

Health and safety law is being used as a convenient catchall here to hide the real issues. Muck-up days happen in lots of schools up and down the country and are about having fun. Boundaries to the celebrations should be set in advance and clear expectations set on what and what will not be allowed so that leavers do not blot their copy books on the last day. The school should rely on normal school discipline arrangements and not use health and safety as an excuse for banning students from having a memorable last day.

2015-05-20