Parent Partnership Service

Permanent Exclusion

In exceptional circumstances a child or young person may be excluded from school permanently.

Before deciding whether to exclude any pupil, the head teacher should:


  • make sure that an appropriate investigation has been carried out
  • consider all the evidence available, taking into account the school's behaviour and equal opportunities policies and, if applicable, the Equality Act 2010
  • talk to the pupil to hear his/her version of events
  • check whether the incident may have been provoked, for example by bullying or by racial or sexual harassment
  • if necessary consult others - but not anyone who may later have a role in reviewing the head teacher's decision, such as a member of the governors' discipline committee.


A child can only be excluded after the head teacher has taken the steps above, and is satisfied that the pupil did what he or she was accused of.

If the head teacher decides to permanently exclude a child the school's governing body discipline committee must meet to consider the exclusion.

School governing bodies have a legal duty to do their best to make sure that the necessary educational provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, schools should not permanently exclude pupils with special educational needs, whether they have a statement of special educational needs or not.

If it seems likely that a pupil with special educational needs is in danger of being excluded, the school should examine the support in place and do everything possible to keep the pupil in school, such as:


  • seeking advice from the local authority and other professional advice and support
  • arranging an early annual review if the child has a statement of special educational needs.


ID: 392, revised 31/10/2017