This booklet does not apply to 16‐19 Academies or 6th Form Colleges.
Exclusion is a serious step for a head teacher to take and can be very worrying for both child and parents. Head teachers should consider why the incident took place e.g. bullying.
Children should only be excluded if:
They have seriously broken the school’s Behaviour/Discipline Policy — you can ask school for a copy
It would seriously harm their education or welfare or that of others if they also were to remain at school
Children can be excluded for their behaviour outside school
Children should not be excluded for:
Having a disability or special education need (SEN) that the school feel they are unable to meet
Not doing well with school work
Their gender, race, religion, or becoming pregnant
An exclusion cannot be lengthened until the pupil meets certain conditions, e.g. admitting guilt or apologising.
You should not be asked to keep a child at home because:
School cannot meet their special educational needs or disabilities
There is an Ofsted inspection or exams
If a child has SEN, school should be checking they are having the right support to avoid exclusion.If they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or still have a Statement an interim review should be held if they are at risk of being excluded.
Use the links below to each further section of this information booklet or alternatively use the link on the top right to download a printable pdf version (this will open in a new tab/window).
- Fixed Term or Permanent Exclusion
- Exclusions Chart
- What can you do if you do not agree?
- Further Information