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:
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: