School exclusions

Fixed-period exclusion (suspended)

A fixed-period exclusion is where a pupil is temporarily removed from school.

If a headteacher suspends your child:

  • you must be told without delay, usually by phone then by letter. The letter must state the reason and the number of days.
  • the school should set and mark work for the first five school days. You must ensure this work is done and sent to the school for marking.
  • if the exclusion is longer than five school days, the school must arrange full-time education from the sixth school day
  • they can only be removed for up to 45 school days in a school year

Appealing against a fixed-period exclusion

  • For exclusions lasting five days or fewer in a term, the school's governing body can only add comments to your child's school record
  • For exclusions lasting between five and 15 days in one term, you can request that the school's governing body meets to discuss it. It does not have the power to overturn the decision but you can attend to give your views
  • For exclusions totalling more than 15 days in one term, the school's governing body must meet to discuss the decision. You and your child must be invited to attend