What happens when a child is excluded from school for a fixed period?

A fixed term exclusion is when a pupil is excluded from school for a specified number of days, with a date given when they will return to school after the exclusion. The headteacher who orders the exclusion has discretion over how long it will be for.


During the first five days of an exclusion:

- the school should take reasonable steps to set and mark schoolwork; but
- you will be responsible for the child's whereabouts. This means that if the child is in a public place without reasonable justification during school hours, it can be dealt with in a similar way to non-school-attendance, and you can be fined. It is therefore important to either keep the child at home, or ensure they are supervised by someone you can trust to ensure the child stays in.


If the child is excluded for a fixed period of more than five days:

- the school has a duty to provide suitable, full-time alternative education no later than day six. This might well be at a pupil referral unit or other type of alternative provision.
o For children with a statement of SEN, the alternative provision must meet the child's needs as set out in the statement, and you have to be consulted; and
o For looked after children, it is recommended that the alternative provision starts from the first day of exclusion.

However, the school does not have to make alternative provision for children who are below or above compulsory school age.
Return to school after a fixed term exclusion: All schools should have a strategy for re-integrating pupils after an exclusion. This would often be through the child and you attending a re-integration meeting when the child goes back to school.


Return to school after a fixed term exclusion:

All schools should have a strategy for re-integrating pupils after an exclusion. This would often be through the child and you attending a re-integration meeting  when the child goes back to school.


Further information

What happens if a child is excluded from school
ACE Education School exclusion
Coram Children's Legal Centre School exclusions
Statutory guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units on the exclusion of pupils

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