What exclusion from school means

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There are two types of exclusion - fixed term and permanent:

  • If your child reaches 45 days fixed term exclusion in one academic year this will automatically convert to a permanent exclusion. However schools should be implementing new strategies to avoid this and address behaviour issues. After a fixed term exclusion period your child returns to school. It is good practice for a reintegration meeting to be held at this time with parents, pupil and school to discuss ways to support the pupil. 
  • A permanent exclusion is when your child will not be allowed to return to the excluding school unless the headteacher's decision is reversed, either by a committee of school governors or an independent appeal panel. 

Whilst your child is excluded for a fixed term staff at the school will set work for your child and will advise you on this process.

It is important to bear in mind that you will be responsible for your child's welfare during the time he or she would normally be in school. For the first five days of an exclusion you must make sure that your child is supervised and not in a public place during school hours. Failure to comply with this could lead to prosecution.

Examinations could be affected. If the headteacher considers that your child should not sit their examinations at the school, the school should make alternative arrangements and tell you about them.