Governors' suspensions and exclusions panels: using evidence

Find out about the types of evidence you can expect to see as a a member of a suspensions or exclusions panel. Learn how to use them to establish the facts and reach a decision.

Last reviewed on 28 July 2023See updates
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  1. Collecting and circulating evidence
  2. Common forms of written evidence
  3. Using CCTV footage
  4. Using social media
  5. Using covert recordings

Collecting and circulating evidence

The clerk will request written evidence related to the suspension or exclusion from the school and from the pupil’s parents. Evidence should be collected in advance and circulated at least 5 days before the meeting, if possible.

This is set out in the statutory suspensions and exclusions guidance (September 2023) (page 41).

As a general rule, either the headteacher or the pastoral head is responsible for submitting the school's evidence – it's not the clerk’s role to decide what evidence the panel should review.

Our expert Trevor Bailey explained this, and also gave us the advice in the next section.

What should be submitted as evidence?

The type of evidence required depends on the case. Where one type of evidence might be directly relevant in one case, it might be irrelevant in another.

If a pupil has committed a very serious breach of

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