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Education Inclusion Service
- Golden rules of permanent exclusion for headteachers
- Permanent exclusions should only take place 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.
- All exclusions must follow the correct procedure as set out in the Department for Education’s Statutory Exclusion guidance – check that you are using the current (2017) guidance and not the old (2012) or withdrawn (2015) guidance. Decisions made with the wrong guidance are particularly vulnerable to review.
- All exclusions must be officially recorded as exclusions.
- All exclusions must be for disciplinary reasons only.
- All schools must have a behavioural policy for pupils to follow.
- Headteachers should, as far as possible, avoid permanently excluding looked after children.
- Headteachers should, as far as possible, avoid permanently excluding children with EHC plans for special educational needs.
- Pupils cannot be excluded for poor academic attainment or for reasons relating to the actions of their parents.
- The headteacher’s decision to exclude must be taken on the ‘balance of probabilities’. That means that it is more likely than not that the pupil did what they are accused of.
- Headteachers must not send a pupil home to ‘cool off’ even if parents or carers agree, this would amount to an unofficial and therefore unlawful exclusion.
- Headteachers must give a pupil the opportunity to share their views.
- If a child with SEN is showing poor behaviour or is at risk of exclusion, the head teacher must look first at what additional support could reasonably be put in place.
- Headteachers must demonstrate to the Governors that their school is already using a range of strategies to support this pupil.
- Headteachers must find out if there is anything that hasn’t already been mentioned at school by other members of the school community that will help them come to the right decision.
- Headteachers should look at providing extra support to groups who are known to be at a greater risk of exclusion.
- Key questions to ask the 'at risk' pupil
- Is there anything currently happening at school that might in some way explain your behaviour?
- Has anything happened at school in the past that I need to take into consideration?
- Is there anything currently happening at home or outside school that might in some way explain your behaviour?
- Has anything happened at home or outside school in the past that I need to take into consideration?
Take account of any factors which may have contributed to the poor behaviour. These might include:
- mental health issues
- unidentified SEN
- domestic violence
- friendship problems.
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- Part time Timetable Notification – Annex R
- Return to Full time Timetable Notification – Annex S
- Permanent Exclusion Notification (Sept 2018) – Annex G
- Fixed Term Notification (Sept 2018) – Annex B
- Managed move form
- Model letter 1 – fixed term exclusion of 5 days or less
- Model letter 2 – fixed term exclusion of five days or more
- Model letter 3 – fixed term exclusion of 15 days
- Model letter 4 – notifying parents of a permanent exclusion (January 2018)
- Model letter 5 – notifying parents that decision to exclude has been upheld
- Model letter 6 – notifying parents of discipline committee meeting
- Model letter 7 – notifying parents that pupil has been reinstated after a permanent exclusion
- Governors disciplinary committee meeting bundle (index)
- Governors disciplinary meeting checklist
- Emotional and psychological wellbeing
- Devon Inclusion Project
- Briefing on the Devon Inclusion Project
- Frequently asked questions
- Project Initiation document
- Feedback DAPH summer briefing
- Project Board
- Project Board minutes July 2018