What is exclusion

What happens if a child is excluded from school?

Exclusion from school means that for disciplinary reasons, a pupil is not allowed to return to the school where they have been registered. Exclusions from maintained schools, academies, free schools and pupil referral units must follow procedures specified in legislation, and should have regard to government guidance on exclusions(i). Independent schools are able to set their own discipline regime, with much greater freedom to exclude children.


Further information

How long can a child be excluded from school
Why might a child be excluded from school
How is a decision made to exclude a child from school
What is a fixed period exclusion
What is an unofficial exclusion
Challenging a fixed term exclusion
What is permanent exclusion
Challenging permanent exclusion
ACE Education School exclusion
Coram Children's Legal Centre School exclusions
Statutory guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units on the exclusion of pupils


(i) Guidance on The Education Act 2002, as amended by the Education Act 2011; The School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012; The Education and Inspections Act 2006; and The Education (Provision of Full-Time Education for Excluded Pupils) (England) Regulations 2007 is in DfE (2012) Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England: A guide for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion

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