Education and exams during exclusion
For the first five days of any exclusion the student is expected to be under the care of parents, with the school providing work for the student to complete at home.
When a student is given a fixed term exclusion for six school days or longer, the school has a duty to arrange suitable full-time educational provision from and including the sixth school day of the exclusion.
Where a student is permanently excluded educational provision from the sixth day is the responsibility of the local authority. Places have been commissioned by Haringey Council at the Octagon Alternative Provision Academy, Commerce Road, Wood Green, N22 8DZ, in order that students continue to have access to full time education following a permanent exclusion.
Provision does not have to be arranged by either the school or local authority for students in the final year of compulsory education who do not have any further public examinations to sit.
In the case of a looked after child, it is good practice for schools and local authorities to work together to arrange alternative provision from the first day following the exclusion in order to minimise disruption.
If the child's exclusion is for six days or more parents are responsible for ensuring that once education is provided, by either the school or the council, that the child attends this education.
Exclusions and public examinations
If exclusion would result in a student missing a public exam (ie GCSE) or national curriculum test (ie SATs) the governing body should try to meet before the examination.
If this is not possible, the Chair of the governing body should consider whether or not to reinstate the student. This is the only occasion where a single governor can review an exclusion. In such cases you still have the right to make representations to the governing body and must be made aware of this right.
The Chair should seek the advice of the Clerk to the panel and the Local Authority, for example the officer with a lead on exclusions.
In some cases, the governing body will use its discretion to allow a student onto the premises to sit an examination. The student has no automatic right to this.
- Tel: 020 8489 3873 or 020 8489 5086
- Email: SchoolExclusionEnquiries@haringey.gov.uk
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