Last reviewed on 2 February 2022
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Following a permanent exclusion or suspension (fixed-term exclusion), understand what you need to tell whom, and in what order. Download our template letters to get the necessary information to parents ASAP and find out who's responsible for arranging education for pupils who have been excluded.

This article is based on the DfE’s statutory guidance on exclusions from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units (PRUs), which also applies to pupils above or below compulsory school age, such as those attending nursery classes or sixth forms.

What to do immediately 

Inform the parents about it

The headteacher must do this, ideally in person or over the phone (where doing so wouldn’t slow things down). This will also give you the chance to answer parents' questions and address any concerns. 

You must tell parents:

  • How long their child is being excluded for
  • The reason(s) for the exclusion

Give the parents key information in writing

You must also give the parents certain information in writing, without delay. Download and adapt our template letter to help you: 

It covers the information you’re required and advised to include. For reference:

You must tell parents, in writing