What is a permanent exclusion?
A permanent exclusion means that the headteacher has decided that your child will not be allowed
back into the school.
My child has been permanently excluded from school—what happens now?
The school must notify you of the exclusion without delay. They will usually contact you initially by telephone and then formally by letter. The letter must give:
- Enough information so you understand the reason for the exclusion
- Advice about your rights
- Information about who will contact you to discuss you child’s future education.
As a parent or carer, you are responsible for supervising and ensuring that your child is not present in a public place for the first 5 days of the exclusion. You may be issued with a penalty notice or prosecuted, if your child is found in a public place during school hours without a justifiable reason. The headteacher will advise the local authority of your child’s permanent exclusion. The local authority is responsible for providing education from day 6 of the permanent exclusion. This education should be full-time and appropriate to your child’s needs.
Within Kirklees, this service (called "Day 6 Provision") is provided by Ethos Academy Trust. More information about their services can be found on the Ethos website (opens new page)
You will be invited to a governors meeting (often called a proprietor or governor disciplinary decision making group (DMG) hearing). This hearing will take place within 15 school days of the permanent exclusion. This decision making group (DMG) meeting will give you and your child the chance to have your views heard. The decision making group (DMG) meeting is usually attended by three governors, the headteacher and a representative from the local authority. You may take your own support to the meeting, which may be a friend or relative or even your
What decisions can school governors make?
Governors can either agree (uphold) the headteacher’s decision to permanently exclude your child or disagree (overturn) the exclusion. If they uphold the headteacher’s decision, the local authority will still be responsible for providing ongoing education for your child. If the governors overturn the exclusion, your child will be allowed back into their school.
Governors will let you know their decision in writing (usually within two school days). If they uphold the headteacher’s decision, their letter will include details of your right to request an Independent Review Hearing.
My child’s permanent exclusion has been upheld—how can I have the decision reviewed?
You can make a request to the Independent Review decision making group (DMG). A meeting will be arranged and you and your child will be invited to the hearing. Also present at the hearing will be the school and a representative from the local authority. An SEND expert, can also attend the hearing if you so wish, even if the school do not recognise your child as having additional needs. The role of the SEND expert is to provide impartial advice to the decision making group (DMG) members on how special educational needs might be relevant to the exclusion. The SEND expert cannot make an assessment of any special needs that your child may have. If you make a request for an Independent Review decision making group (DMG) hearing and would like an SEND expert to attend, you must make this clear when making your request. The Independent Review decision making group (DMG) will give everyone the opportunity to have their views heard.
The Independent Review decision making group (DMG) will meet within 15 school days of your request being received.
The decision making group (DMG)is usually made up of three people:
- Chair—this will be someone who hasn’t worked in a school in any paid role (a lay member)
- Governor—this will be someone who has been a school governor (this will not be a governor from the school your child was excluded from).
- Headteacher— again this will be someone who has had no connection with the school your child was excluded from.
What happens after the Independent Review decision making group (DMG) meeting?
The Independent Review decision making group (DMG) can make one of three decisions:
- uphold the permanent exclusion
- recommend that the school governing body reconsider their decision
- quash the school governors decision and direct the school governing body considers the exclusion again.
Note: The Independent Review decision making group (DMG) cannot direct the school to reinstate your child. You will be advised of the Independent Review decision making groups (DMG) decision by letter.
How will my child get back into another school?
An officer from the local authority will work with you and your child to ensure that your views are
heard regarding their future education.
More information about permanent exclusions in Kirklees can be found on the Ethos Academy Trust (EAT) website (opens in a new window). In Kirklees, permanent exclusions are managed by EAT.