Exclusion from school

Head teachers may issue a Fixed Period Exclusion (FPE) as a sanction where it is warranted –if your child has a FPE, they should not be about and about in a public place during school hours.

A FPE must have a start and end date and your child must return to school when it is completed.

Schools should send work home for the first five days of a FPE which should be returned to school for marking. Occasionally, a FPE of more than five days may be issued. Schools must put full time education in place from the sixth school day. This is usually at another school or with an Alternative Provider (AP) until the FPE is completed. The school should notify the LA of the details.

Permanent Exclusion should only be used as a last resort. Where there is evidence that a breach of behaviour policy has occurred, and guidance is met, Head teachers may decide to issue a FPE whilst all the facts are established and considered, and  any alternatives to exclusion are explored. In exceptional cases, usually where further evidence has come to light, a further FPE may be issued to begin immediately after the first period ends; or a permanent exclusion may be issued to begin immediately after the end of the fixed period.

If the school is to issue a permanent exclusion they should let you know as soon as that decision has been made.

Every effort should be made to avoid the permanent exclusion of a pupil with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)/SEN or a child who is looked after. Schools should contact us as soon as they feel that a child is at risk of exclusion.

If a pupil is permanently excluded, school must provide work for the first five days and notify the Local Authority.  From the sixth school day, the authority where you live will put full time education in place for your child.

You can apply for another school place, but your child should attend the place provide by the LA until they are on roll at a new school.

Schools must hold a Pupil Discipline Meeting (PDC) within 15 school days of a Permanent Exclusion for Governors to decide if the Head teacher’s decision is lawful, reasonable and fair. Schools have a statutory duty not to discriminate against pupils on the basis of protected characteristics, such as disability or race. Schools should give particular consideration to the fair treatment of pupils from groups who are vulnerable to exclusion.

If Governors uphold the decision and you would like to appeal, you have 15 days in which to lodge an appeal which will be heard by an Independent Review Panel.

Officers from the Education of Vulnerable Children Service are available to offer advice and guidance at all stages of the exclusion process.

Schools should follow the Department for Education Statutory Guidance