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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.

The information in this article can be found in sections 9 and 10 of the Department for Education's (DfE's) statutory exclusions guidance.

Receiving a decision from the IRP

Once an independent review panel (IRP) has considered your board’s decision not to reinstate a permanently excluded pupil, it can:

  • Uphold your board’s decision
  • Recommend that your board reconsider reinstatement
  • Quash the decision and direct your board to reconsider reinstatement

The decision of the IRP is binding.

If the IRP has upheld the board's decision

The IRP will have already notified the parents of their decision to uphold your board's decision.

Boards must make sure that:

There’s nothing in legislation that gives parents