Permanent exclusion from school

1. Permanent exclusion

If your child has been excluded, you can download our detailed guidance. Download the guidance

Permanent exclusion means the pupil is not allowed to return to their school.

A headteacher can only permanently exclude if

  • a child seriously or persistently breaks the school’s behaviour policy
  • allowing them to stay in school would seriously harm their, or other pupils’, education or welfare

How does the exclusion process work?

Only the headteacher (or the most senior teacher in their absence) can exclude a pupil.

If the headteacher decides to exclude your child, the school will phone you as soon as possible. They’ll also write to you within 24 hours to explain

  • why your child has been excluded
  • your right to give your views to the Governing Board about the decision

The school will tell us at ISEND Education Support Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS). We will explain your rights and information about your child’s future education.

Your child's future education

During the first five days of your child’s exclusion, the school must provide work and mark it. We’ll then contact you and arrange alternative education for your child.

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