Suspension or permanent exclusion hearings: procedures

Certain exclusions require a panel to consider the headteacher's decision. Get an overview of the requirements and what role you play in the process.

Last reviewed on 3 April 2023
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  1. Requirements to conduct a hearing
  2. Know who can attend
  3. The process of the hearing
  4. What to do if a suspension or permanent exclusion is overturned
  5. Parents may request an independent review panel 

This article is based on the DfE's guidance on suspension and permanent exclusion, which came into effect on 1 September 2022 (read our summary of what's changed).

Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended before 1st September 2022

The new guidance only applies to suspensions and exclusions which take place on or after this date. If you have ongoing cases, make sure you follow the policy that was in place when the suspension or exclusion process started. If you don't have an exclusions policy, contact the DfE to get a copy of the archived guidance.

Requirements to conduct a hearing

Governing boards have a duty to consider a headteacher’s decision to suspend or permanently exclude a pupil, in certain circumstances. 

Any permanent exclusion The board must consider and decide within 15 school days of receiving notice from the headteacher When