What to do if your child is excluded from school

Exclusion is a specified number of days or lunchtimes when a pupil is not allowed into school. If your child is excluded the school will tell you why.

All schools must have a behaviour policy which should set out how pupils are expected to behave in the classroom, at lunch breaks and outside of school, for example, at bus stops. You should be able to download the policy from the school's website or request a copy from the school reception.

Any pupil who fails to follow the school behaviour policy may face detention, fixed period exclusion or, as a last resort, permanent exclusion.

During an exclusion, you child is not allowed onto the school site for the period of that exclusion unless specific permission has been given by the school. During the initial period of up to five school days of any exclusion, whether fixed period or permanent, you must ensure that your child is not present in a public place during normal school hours without reasonable justification. If you fail to comply with this requirement you will be guilty of an offence and you might be given a fixed penalty notice of £60.

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If your child has been permanently excluded from school they will be automatically referred to the Alternative Provision School (formerly PRU).

The Alternative Provision School (APS) will provide full time education on behalf of the Local Authority from the sixth day of the permanent exclusion. Someone from the APS will contact you to discuss your child's needs before the sixth day.

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