There are statutory requirements and procedures that must be followed when excluding a child from school. The following documents and links will take you to relevant national guidance and local procedures, as well as tools to support you to fulfil statutory responsibilities.
If you cannot find what you are looking for or require any further advice about the exclusions process, call the Exclusions Team on 01603 307727 or email email@example.com.
- Flow chart for quick guidance on the procedure for permanent exclusions
- DfE Statutory guidance on school exclusion
- Changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- National standard list of reasons for exclusions: Please note there are some changes to the categories of reasons for exclusions. From September 2020 there will be five new categories and 'other' should no longer be used. All exclusions should be attributed to one or more of these categories on the notification form below
Forms and templates
- Exclusion Notification Form: This form is for use by all establishments to inform the LA Exclusions Team of all fixed term, lunchtime and permanent exclusions and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org once completed. Permanent exclusion notifications must be sent without delay.
- Model letters: we recommend their use as templates for letters as they have been drawn up by Children's Services to meet statutory requirements on notifications.
Guidance for governors and hearings
- Procedure for governors to consider exclusions: this document is intended to provide the chair, governors and clerk with guidance on how to run a meeting of the governing body to consider an exclusion. It includes a sample agenda.
- Checklist of evidence required for a permanent exclusion hearing
- Notes that could be useful on holding a meeting to review permanent exclusion by governors
- Timescales for governors' meetings
Advice and support from the Inclusion Helpline
If you require support or advice around the inclusion of children and young people at risk of exclusion, call the Inclusion Helpline on 01603 307736.
Advisers will ask questions to gain a clear understanding of the issues and context. They'll then make some suggestions regarding possible solutions and ways to support the child or young person and, if appropriate, signpost you to some external providers.
The helpline is open to any school or academy.