Governor exclusions panel: terms of reference

Save time by downloading our exclusions panel terms of reference template so you're clear on what your panel is responsible for. Get help on what to include, plus see examples from other schools.

Last reviewed on 31 July 2023
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Please note: some schools use the term 'exclusion panel', while others use 'discipline panel' or 'discipline committee'. We use the term 'exclusions panel' to avoid confusion between this and the independent review panel.

Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended before 1 September 2023

Updated DfE guidance on suspensions and exclusions only applies to suspensions and exclusions which take place on or after 1 September 2023. If you have ongoing cases, make sure you follow the guidance that was in place when the suspension or exclusion process started. 

Download the 2022 guidance here: 

What to include

Maintained schools: your board can delegate its functions to a designated sub-committee (we've called it a panel) consisting of at least 3 governors.

Academies: your board can delegate to a smaller sub-committee if your articles of association allow you to.

The purpose of the