Exclusion from school

Types of exclusion and informing you

An exclusion is when a headteacher decides that a child is not allowed to attend school. It may result from a series of incidents or from one very serious incident.

There are three types of exclusion:

  • lunchtime exclusion – used when a child’s playground behaviour is considered unacceptable. Parents / carers have to take responsibility for their child during lunchtimes and return them to school at the start of the afternoon session
  • fixed term exclusion for a specified number of days. Fixed term exclusions can be used for a maximum of 45 days in any school year
  • permanent exclusion – used only in the most serious cases when it is allowing the child to remain in school would harm the education or welfare of the child or others in the school

If a child is excluded from school they may not:

  • go onto the school premises at any time during the period of exclusion, including breaks and lunchtimes and after school
  • use school transport

Informing the parent / guardian

You will be informed as soon as possible, usually by phone, if your child is excluded.

The headteacher must confirm by letter what sort of exclusion it is, how long it is for and the reasons for it. The letter should tell you that you have the right to make representations to the Discipline Committee of the school’s Governing Body about the decision to exclude your child.

The headteacher can exclude a child on the day an incident occurred.

Informal exclusions are illegal and should not be used. A headteacher may, however, send a child home to remedy a breach in the school’s rules on uniform or appearance.

For the first 5 days of any exclusion, the child’s school should take reasonable steps to set and mark work for your child. If the exclusion is for more than 5 days, the school must provide full time, off-site education from the sixth day of the exclusion. If the exclusion is permanent, the local authority will provide suitable full time provision from the sixth day.