Exclusions from school

There are two types of exclusion:

  • Suspension - Schools can suspend pupils for up to 45 days
  • Permanent exclusion - Schools can exclude pupils permanently due to their behaviour.

The Department for Education website (external link) has lots of help and support on dealing with exclusions including what to do if you don’t agree with the school’s decision.

Challenging an exclusion

There is a process that the parents can go through to raise concerns regarding an exclusion:

If after going through the relevant process, the parent is still not satisfied then it is advised that they contact the Local Government Ombudsman (external link) or Education Funding Agency (external link) (if it is an academy or a free school).

Managed moves and respite placements

When a pupil’s behaviour is a concern their school can arrange a managed move or respite placement at a different school. This is a voluntary arrangement between schools, parents/carers and a pupil.

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