Education support

6. Permanent exclusions

When a head teacher decides that a pupil's behaviour is in breach of the school’s behaviour policy and if your child were to remain in the school it would seriously harm the education or welfare of others in the school, then the head teacher may decide to permanently exclude your child. This may be as a result of your child’s behaviour over a period of time or after a serious one-off incident.

Permanent exclusion should only be used as a last resort. In making the decision, the head teacher will take into account the Department of Education guidelines.


Governors' meeting

The governors of the school must meet within 15 school days of the head teacher’s decision to exclude your child to decide whether they agree. As a parent or carer you are allowed to go to the meeting and present your views or those of your child. You may take a friend with you for support.

Your child may attend some or all of the meeting if you think it is appropriate. 

At this meeting, the governors can decide whether to agree and uphold the exclusion or overturn it.


Appealing the governors' decision

If the governors decide to uphold the decision, you can appeal to an Independent Review Panel which will be made up of people with no connection to the school. The governors will provide information on how to do this in the letter they give you that confirms the exclusion.

If you choose to make an appeal, you must do so within 15 days of receiving the letter.


Continuing education during the process

For the first five days of the exclusion, the school will set work to be completed at home. You will be responsible for your child’s supervision during school hours and you must make sure that your child is not present in a public place during school hours without a good reason. You may be fined if your child is found in a public place without a good reason.

From day six onwards, we will provide equivalent full time education for your child, normally through a Pupil Referral Unit. The Pupil Referral Unit will get in touch with you before day 6 to talk about your child’s education at this time.


Finding a school after exclusion

The Exclusions and Reintegration team are available to discuss your child’s future education and support you through this process.

We have a Fair Access Board that allocates school places for excluded pupils in a secondary school. They will consider any preference you have for a particular school but they cannot guarantee a place at your preference school. They will try to find your child a place as soon as it is felt that your child is ready to be reintegrated into a mainstream school.

If the school found by the Fair Access Board is further than three miles away, we will provide free transport. This is usually a bus pass.

If you do not like the school place that is offered to you, you may apply for a place at a different school using the in-year admissions process. However, if you choose to use the in-year admissions process, we will not be able to negotiate a reintegration plan for your child on your behalf and you will be responsible for transporting your child to and from this school at your own expense.


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Last updated: 18 March 2020

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