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Excluding a pupil
Understand the statutory framework surrounding exclusions and what you might be asked to do as part of the exclusions process. Download our exclusions process flowchart to get up-to-speed quickly.
Read a short summary of the rules around exclusion, including the governing board's responsibilities.
Exclusions: resolving difficulties with parents
Advice on what to do if parents don't co-operate with an exclusion, or behave in an unacceptable way during the process.
Governors' exclusions panel: procedures
As a governor, you'll most likely be asked to consider an exclusion at some point. Read this to understand the procedures to follow when sitting on the governors' exclusions panel, and see our easy-to-read flowchart.
Governors' exclusions panel: purpose and membership
Some exclusions require consideration by the governing board or a panel convened for this purpose. The panel is sometimes called an exclusions panel or disciplinary committee. Learn when one is required, the timelines for considering different types of exclusions, and who can make up the membership.
Governors' exclusions panel: using evidence
The governors' exclusions panel will use various forms of evidence to establish the facts in relation to an exclusion. Learn all about the types of evidence you can expect to see and how they're used in considering exclusions.
Independent review panels: membership and procedures
Parents have the right to request a review of the governing board's decision not to reinstate a pupil after exclusion. The review is done by an independent review panel (IRP). Learn what to expect from the IRP here.
Notifying parents and governors of an exclusion
When should we tell parents and governors about exclusions? We summarise the statutory guidance on exclusions from the Department for Education (DfE). We also look at who is responsible for arranging education for pupils who have been excluded.
Off-rolling: governors' briefing
There's been an increasing focus on the practice of 'off-rolling'. The new Ofsted inspection framework has guidelines for reviewing all forms of exclusion, including off-rolling. Find out what it is, which pupils are more likely to be affected, and why it might be happening.
Off-rolling: how to identify and prevent it
Learn what measures your board can put in place to help prevent off-rolling, and what to do if you suspect it's happening in your school.
Reconsidering reinstatement after an independent review panel
Following a decision from an independent review panel, your governing board might be required to reconsider reinstating an excluded pupil. Understand the steps that you need to take next.
Timpson review of school exclusion: governors' briefing
The Timpson review has set out several recommendations to reform exclusion practice. Get up to speed on the government's response and what changes you can expect as a result of the review.
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