Excluding a child permanently or for a short period of time is not something to be taken lightly. Read guidance below on procedures for different types of exclusion.
Permanent exclusion is the most serious punishment a school can give if a child does something that is against the school's behaviour policy (the school rules). It means that the child is no longer allowed to attend the school and their name will be removed from the school roll.
There are guidelines about what should be taken into account before excluding a child. This section will help you understand a bit more about exclusions and the process that should be followed.
Schools do vary in what they will permanently exclude for. However permanent exclusion should only happen in response to a serious breach or persistent breaches of the school's behaviour policy and where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school. In practice this means that there are two likely scenarios for a permanent exclusion:
Exclusion from school means that a pupil is not allowed in school for disciplinary reasons. Fixed period exclusion means that a pupil is not allowed in school for a specified number of days and is one of the sanctions a school can give if a child does something that is against the school's behaviour policy.
Once a decision has been taken to permanently exclude a pupil, the following documents must be sent to the Behaviour, Attendance and Children Missing Education (BACME) Service within 1 working day:
These documents must be sent to the following email address: BACMEemail@example.com