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  • Exclusion of Pupils

    For disruptive or violent pupils, exclusion is a school's most powerful disciplinary tool. It is the most serious punishment available to head teachers to tackle unruly students and may be for a fixed period, a number of fixed periods, or in extreme cases, permanent.

  • EU Withdrawal

    Since the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community under the Treaty of Paris in 1951, no member state has ever left the European Union or its predecessor bodies.

  • Euthanasia

  • Eurozone financial crisis

    The eurozone crisis refers to the on-going financial difficulties within the euro area which were precipitated by the collapse of the global economy in 2008 and exacerbated by the record budget deficits of certain individual member states.

  • European Union - guide

    The European Union is a supranational and international organisation that brings together 27 member states under a common system of law, established by a series of treaties.

  • European single market

    The principal objective of the EU, when first constituted as the EEC, was to make war in Europe impossible by developing both a common system of law and making member states' economies completely interdependent.

  • Euro and EMU

  • EU Enlargement

  • EU budget fraud

    EU budget fraud has historically taken a wide range of forms, from Croatian farmers seeking payments for climatically impossible sugar cane cultivation to the channelling of funds for immigration projects to what some have labelled Palestinian terrorist groups.

  • EU Budget - British contributions

    The UK has contributed to the budget of the EU ever since its accession to the union in 1973.

  • Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates

  • Electoral Reform and Voting Systems

    Proportional Representation (PR) is the principle behind a number of electoral systems, all of which attempt to ensure that the outcome of the election reflects the proportion of support gained by each competing group.

  • Elections and voting

  • Education leaving age

    In the UK, the government determines the duration of compulsory education, with the minimum school leaving age set down in an Act of parliament.

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