What happens when a child is permanently excluded from school?

Permanent exclusion is the most serious punishment a school can give a child for a breach of the school's behaviour policy. It means that the child:

  • has their name removed from the school roll and
  • can no longer attend that school.

It may be applied:

  • in response to a history of disruptive behaviour, or
  • following a serious one-off incident,

but it should only be used as a last resort.


Government guidance on exclusions states that school should:

  • try to avoid permanently excluding pupils who have a statement of Special Educational Needs; and
  • consider holding an interim review to see if extra support can be put in place, or if another school might better meet the child's needs for support (this is sometimes known as a managed transfer).

If the child you are raising is permanently excluded, you have to be sent a letter explaining the reasons for the exclusion, that it is permanent, and your right to make representations to and attend a meeting of the governing body.


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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