This article is based on the following guidance from the DfE, both of which come into effect on 1 September 2022:
- School suspensions and exclusions (read our summary to find out what's changed). This guidance applies to all pupils, including those above and below compulsory school age
- Behaviour in schools
Both guidance documents apply to maintained schools, academies (including free schools), alternative provision (AP) academies (including AP free schools), and pupil referral units.
Note: we’re currently updating our suspensions and exclusion policy to be in line with the updated guidance – click ‘save for later’ on that article page to be alerted when it’s ready.
When can we exclude a pupil?
You can only exclude a pupil on serious disciplinary grounds
In response to a serious breach (or persistent breaches) of your behaviour policy, and Where allowing the pupil to remain in school would risk serious harm to the welfare of