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31. (1) The Department shall prepare and issue a scheme specifying the procedure to be followed in relation to the suspension and expulsion of registered pupils from grant-aided schools.
(2) A scheme under this Article—
(a)shall provide that—
(i)a registered pupil at a controlled school may be expelled from that school only by the relevant board on the application of the Board of Governors of the school;
(ii)a registered pupil at any other grant-aided school may be expelled from that school only by the Board of Governors of the school;
(b)shall provide that a registered pupil at a grant-aided school may be suspended from that school only by a person or body specified in the scheme;
(c)shall specify the maximum period—
(i)for which a pupil may be suspended in any one school year;
(ii)for which a pupil may be suspended on any one occasion;
(d)may provide for the extension of a period of suspension (subject to any provision made by virtue of sub-paragraph (c));
(e)may include provision for such other matters as the Department thinks appropriate.
(3) It is the duty of—
(a)the relevant board and the Board of Governors (in relation to a controlled school); and
(b)the Board of Governors (in relation to any other grant-aided school),
to comply with a scheme under this Article.
(4) The Department—
(a)shall review a scheme issued under this Article not later than five years after the issue of the scheme (or, as the case may be, after the last review under this paragraph); and
(b)may revise the scheme and issue the revised scheme.
(5) Before making or revising a scheme under this Article the Department shall consult—
(b)the Board of Governors of a number of grant-aided schools selected by the Department as being a representative sample of all such schools; and
(c)any other person with whom consultation appears to it to be desirable.
(6) In this Article and Article 32 “relevant board”, in relation to a controlled school, means the board for the area in which the school is situated.
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