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Edward Timpson expects his exclusion proposals to be funded.

Edward Timpson expects his exclusion proposals to be funded.

The chair of a landmark review of exclusions expects the government to fund proposals put forward in his report, despite a lack of firm commitments from ministers.

Edward Timpson told MPs today that although he has received no “cast-iron guarantees” from ministers on funding for alternative provision, he is “working on the basis they have committed to resources”.

The schools community responded with disappointment when the Department for Education failed to fully commit to implementing the recommendations of the Timpson review, particularly proposals for more capital funding for alternative provision and a “practice improvement fund” to share best practice between institutions.

I’m working on the basis they have committed to resources because they have accepted my recommendations

But Timpson, the former children’s minister who chaired the review, told the parliamentary education committee this morning that he expects his recommendations to be implemented in full.

In his report, which was finally published in May after a long delay, Timpson called for the DfE to establish a practice improvement fund “of sufficient value, longevity and reach” to identify children in need of support and deliver “good interventions for them”.

He also demanded that the government “significantly improve and expand” AP buildings and facilities, with the “right level of capital funding” to be a priority for the next spending review.

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