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School exclusions – staying legal

Behaviour Legal advice
Earlier this year, a report highlighted the serious problem of illegal exclusions in some schools. Legal expert Perry Hill looks at recent changes to the law and how schools can stay compliant.

In April, the children’s commissioner for England, Dr Maggie Atkinson, produced a damning report on the exclusion of children from schools in England, entitled Always Someone Else’s Problem. This was a follow-up to a report published last year called They Never Give Up On You (For links to SecEd’s coverage of both reports, see further information). 

Schools can exclude pupils because of their behaviour, provided that the school acts within the law, which is explained through statutory guidance. Exclusions can be either permanent, where the child is removed from the school’s roll, or for a fixed-term, where the child remains on the school’s roll but is forbidden from entering the premises for a defined period. 

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