Exclusion from school
A parent's guide to the exclusions process
This can be a very upsetting, difficult and worrying time for you and your child. This guidance explains:
- what you can do if you want to talk to the school about the exclusion
- what you can do if you disagree with the exclusion
- what you can do to prevent further exclusion
- where you can go for further advice and support
- Definition of exclusion
Exclusion means that a pupil is not allowed to attend school or go on to school premises for a period of time or permanently.
- Reasons for exclusion
Your child should only have been excluded:
- in response to serious or persistent breaches of the school’s behaviour policy and
- where allowing him or her to remain in school would seriously harm the education and welfare of your child or others in the school
- The school will contact you about the exclusion
The headteacher or their nominated representative will let you know immediately (generally by telephone) about the length of the exclusion and the reason for it.
- What to do after the exclusion
If your child has been excluded you can make all the difference in getting your child back on track and helping them to be successful.
Work will be set by the school for your child to complete at home during the first five days of the exclusion (it is your responsibility to ensure completed work is returned to the school for marking).
- What to do if you disagree with the exclusion
If you disagree with the decision to exclude your child from school your options include:
- requesting an appointment with the headteacher to discuss your concerns and to ask them to reconsider the exclusion
- asking the school governors to review the decision
- The governors’ discipline committee meeting
The governors' committee which meets to review exclusions is known as the governors’ discipline committee and consists of at least three governors. If the exclusion is between six and fifteen days in a term, and the parents request a meeting, then the governors’ discipline committee must meet within 50 school days.
- After the committee meeting
In cases where there has been a governors’ discipline committee meeting, the committee should put their views on the exclusion and the headteacher’s exclusion letter on your child’s record. If you wish, your views can be added.
- What happens if your child remains permanently excluded
Your child will have been receiving full time education from the sixth day of the exclusion. The duty to provide appropriate full time education will remain with the local authority, and a long term assessment of the pupil’s needs will take place.
Some children may be ready to return immediately, others would benefit from some time to address their behaviours in a more focused way.
- Preventing further exclusions
When your child returns to school you can help prevent further exclusions by keeping in regular contact with your child’s class teacher/tutor, and ensuring that you and your child are involved in any future meetings.
- Further advice and guidance
The Inclusion Team at the local Children’s Services office
- East Hampshire: Alton (Inclusion Officer) 02392 441527
- West Hampshire: Winchester (Inclusion Officer) 01962 876311
Special educational needs
Support4SEND offers parents advice and support on special educational needs issues
Legal issues and advice
Department for Education
Other useful contacts
- Equality Advisory Support Service 0808 800 0082
- SEN and disability discrimination tribunal 01325 392760
- Talk to Frank drugs helpline 0300 123 6600
Data Protection Act 1998: You are advised that information on pupils is routinely registered on manual and electronic systems as part of their records. Everyone working in Children’s Services has a legal duty to keep information confidential.