Exclusions – Help When You Need It

Permanent Exclusion is the last resort for any head teacher. In many schools it is used so infrequently that staff are unfamiliar with the actual legal requirements to make that final decision secure.

The 2017 DfE Exclusions Guidance is very driven by process and procedure. It can sometimes feel like the facts of a matter are less important than sending a letter at the right time. Applying the detail of the guidance in every case is vital.

If the right procedures are not followed, then the permanent exclusion may be at risk -  no matter what the facts of the case are. The IRP can quash a decision and send it back to be re-made – often with a strong suggestion that the exclusion is overturned.

This can cause many problems for a head and school. It may form the basis of a complaint to Ofsted, governors or trustees – and even legal action in some cases in court or the tribunal.

Our experienced team can be part of the process that helps heads get it right. Supporting a review of the documentation, a critical analysis of the procedures that have been followed, decision making and correspondence. Even to the point of advising on the head teachers report to governors, statements for the IRP and draft submissions.

Don’t leave it until too late - the further into the process you are the more difficult it is for us to help put it right.

We can ensure that the procedure complies with the regulations so that you avoid time-consuming errors or having to attend a judicial review in the High Court. Having an exclusion quashed is detrimental for everyone at the school.


We provide an advice and consultancy service which includes exclusion, discipline and behaviour at school.  It’s a cost-effective way to receive expert help when you need it. The service includes:

  • Behaviour and Exclusion Policy review

  • Advice at the point of exclusion and beyond

  • Support to manage the exclusion process

  • Clerking panels

All you need to do is give me us a call for a no obligation discussion on 0333 7729 763 or get in touch with me by filling out the form on the contact page.


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