What happens when your child is excluded from school and who you can contact about exclusions.
A child who gets into serious trouble at school can be excluded for a fixed period of time.
Schools can exclude a child if:
The school should call you on the day an exclusion is given and follow up with a letter including information on:
Information on fixed period exclusions can be found on the following website:
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) Ltd (external website)
A school will usually only permanently exclude a child as a last resort, after trying to improve the child's behaviour through other means. However, there are exceptional circumstances in which a headteacher may decide to permanently exclude a pupil for a 'one-off' offence.
If your child has been permanently excluded, be aware that:
the school's governing body is required to review the headteacher's decision and you may meet with them to explain your views on the exclusion;
if the governing body confirms the exclusion, you can appeal to an independent appeal panel organised by the local authority;
Information for parents whose children have been excluded from schools in England (external website)
As from 1 October 2011 parents will need to contact The Children's Legal Centre who aim to provide free legal advice and information to parents on education matters.
They can be contacted on 0808 8020 008 or via their website:
The Children's Legal Centre (external website)
The advice line is open from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Please contact the local authority for advice on exclusions and the guidance:
Sue Burgess and Sue Pearce, exclusion and re-integration officers Tel: (01482) 392254
Amanda Ward, parent partnership coordinator Tel: (01482) 392109 (advice and support for parents and carers of pupils with Special Educational Needs)