The exclusion process
Notification of a child's exclusion
Following the Head Teacher’s decision to exclude, you (and the student if they are 18 or over) must be told immediately of:
- the period of the exclusion
- the reasons for it
- your right to appeal against the decision
- how the student may be involved in this process
- if there is a legal requirement for the governing body to consider the exclusion
- how any appeals should be made to the school’s governing body
- Advice on how to access legal advice and support regarding exclusions
If alternative provision is being arranged you must also be informed of:
- the start date
- the length of time the student will spend in the provision
- where the provision will take place
- who the student should report to on the first day
If this information is not available directly following the exclusion it can be provided later (in writing) but no later than 48 hours before the provision is due to start.
If you haven’t received the information listed above, but your child has been sent home to 'cool down' or because they cannot cope – please check with the school to see if it is a fixed or permanent exclusion (which should be outlined in writing). If an exclusion is not a fixed or permanent exclusion, then it is not legal.
It is unlawful to exclude or to increase the severity of an exclusion for a non-disciplinary reasons. For example, it would be unlawful to exclude a student simply because they have additional needs or a disability that the school feels it is unable to meet. It would also be unlawful to exclude for a reason such as:
- academic attainment/ability
- the action of a student's parents
The failure of a student to meet specific conditions before they are reinstated such as attending a reintegration meeting.
- Tel: 020 8489 3873 or 020 8489 5086
- Email: SchoolExclusionEnquiries@haringey.gov.uk
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