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Exclusion from school means that a pupil is not allowed in school for disciplinary reasons. The exclusion can be either a temporary fixed period exclusion or a permanent exclusion. Either way, a child being excluded from school can be both stressful and emotional for the parents, as well as for the child. Only a head teacher (or deputy head if the head teacher is off site) can exclude a child. If your child is excluded, it is important that you have the right information and support and that you ask the right questions about options for the future.   

Exclusions can take the form of:

  • fixed term (an exclusion for a set number of days)
  • permanent (your child is asked not to return to school)
  • unofficial (an illegal exclusion without an exclusion letter)
  • lunchtime (an exclusion for a set number of lunchtimes – these should be recorded as half day exclusions)

A pupil may be excluded from school for one short period of time, several fixed periods (up to a maximum of 45 school days in a single academic year), or permanently. A fixed period exclusion does not have to be for a continuous period. In exceptional cases, usually where further evidence has come to light, a fixed period exclusion may be extended or converted to a permanent exclusion.

The Government has statutory guidance about exclusion. For more information, you can read the guidance.

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