Unless stated otherwise, the information in this article is taken from the Department for Education's statutory guidance on suspension and permanent exclusions (in force from September 2022).
Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended or excluded before 1 September 2022
The new guidance only applies to suspensions and exclusions which take place on or after this date. If you have ongoing cases, make sure you follow the policy that was in place when the suspension or exclusion process started. If you don't have an exclusions policy, contact the DfE to get a copy of the archived guidance.
Governors' role in suspensions and exclusions
When a pupil is suspended or excluded, your governing board has a duty to consider parents' representations about the suspension (previously known as fixed-term exclusion) or permanent exclusion. This duty