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School exclusion

The Department for Education (DofE) has issued the following guidance:

This guidance details the legal responsibilities for those who suspend (fixed period exclusion) and permanently exclude pupils from educational settings, including:

  • headteachers
  • local authorities
  • governing bodies
  • academy trusts
  • independent review panel members
  • independent review panel clerks
  • special educational needs experts

It governs the exclusion of pupils from:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law.

Suspension and permanent exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England, including pupil movement

A guide for parents on school behaviour and exclusion

School Exclusion Hub

School Exclusion Hub

Information and resources for professionals and community organisations supporting children and their families through challenges to school exclusions.

Ambitious about Autism 

Exclusions - know your rights

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA)

School exclusion in England

Child Law Advice Service

School exclusion

‚Äč‚ÄčCommunities Empowerment Network

Advice and support if your child is experiencing problems at school, particularly with fixed term or permanent exclusion

Contact us about school exclusion

If you would like to speak to someone about school exclusion you can contact:

Adrian Bannister

Exclusions and Reintegration Officer, Achieving for Children
Email [email protected]  Phone 020 8547 5253