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Excluding a pupil: procedures
When can a pupil be excluded? We look at when pupils can be excluded and for how long. Here you'll learn the statutory process you must follow to exclude a pupil.
Excluding pupils with EHC plans
Can we exclude a pupil who has an EHC plan? Schools should avoid excluding pupils with SEN as far as possible. We look at the statutory guidance on exclusions, guidance on disability discrimination, and arranging managed moves for pupils with EHC plans who are at risk of exclusion.
We explain the rules around school exclusion in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
Exclusions guidance from September 2017: summary of changes
Are there changes to the exclusions guidance? The DfE has published updated exclusions guidance, in force from 1 September 2017. There have been no changes to the legislation, but we set out the minor updates to the guidance which clarify aspects of the exclusion process.
Exclusions: resolving difficulties with parents
Advice on what to do if parents don't co-operate with an exclusion, or behave in an unacceptable way during the process.
Independent review panel hearings for permanent exclusions
Is there guidance on independent review panels for permanently excluded pupils? We relay statutory guidance on independent review panels, covering parents’ rights, timescales, the constitution of the panel and the process to be followed. You will also find advice on delaying or adjourning a review.
Does an internal exclusion count as a legal exclusion? We explain the legal status of internal exclusion and look at its use where there are safeguarding concerns. You will find advice on the use of isolation or seclusion in schools and examples of school policies referring to internal exclusion.
Can we exclude a pupil for the duration of lunchtime? We relay DfE guidance on issuing lunchtime exclusions, including which parties need to be informed and how to record these exclusions. We also link to another article from The Key with examples of exclusion policies from schools.
Managed moves and directing pupils off site to improve behaviour
Challenging pupils who struggle to regulate behaviour in school can be temporarily directed off site, or part of a 'managed move' to another school. Understand the procedures for each option, and find out about the best way to deal with failed managed moves and non-attendance at alternative provision settings.
Notifying parents and governors of an exclusion
When should we tell parents and governors about exclusions? We summarise the statutory guidance on exclusions from the Department for Education (DfE). We also look at who is responsible for arranging education for pupils who have been excluded.
Off-rolling: guidance and practical examples
The 2019 Ofsted inspection framework includes a focus on a practice known as 'off-rolling.' Find out what it is – and what it isn't – as well as what you can do to address it in your school.
Permanent exclusions: when are they appropriate?
When should a headteacher permanently exclude a pupil? We look at the statutory guidance on exclusions which explains when it could be appropriate to exclude a pupil permanently. We also look at examples of reasons for permanent exclusion from DfE data and school policies.
Permanent exclusion: what are the costs?
Can an LA charge a school if it permanently excludes a pupil? We outline the regulations governing money transferred when a pupil is permanently excluded. We also look at the charge that can be levied if a pupil is not reinstated after a review panel directs the school to reconsider an exclusion.
Pupil exclusion hearings: procedures
Are there guidelines for managing exclusion hearings? We look at procedures for exclusion hearings (also known as discipline committee meetings). This article covers preparation for the hearing, who should attend, evidence to consider, the meeting agenda and how a final decision should be made.
Reintegration meetings after fixed-term exclusions
The Department for Education recommends that schools have a reintegration strategy following a fixed-term exclusion. We've created a template for you to record reintegration meetings as well as pointed out examples of reintegration policies from schools.
The Timpson review of school exclusion and the government's response: summary
The Timpson review has set out several recommendations to reform exclusion practice. Get up to speed on the government's response and what changes you can expect as a result of the review
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