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 2023).
Governors' role in suspensions and exclusions
As a governor, it’s very likely you’ll be asked to consider a suspension or exclusion at some point in your service.
When a pupil is suspended or excluded, your governing board has a duty to consider parents' representations about the suspension or permanent exclusion. This duty is often delegated to a committee convened specifically for that purpose, which we refer to here as the 'suspensions and exclusions panel'.
If you're in an academy, you'll need to check whether your articles of association set out any requirements or restrictions on delegation.
You can read more about suspending or excluding a pupil in our other article.
If you're required to set up a governors' suspension or