The head teacher has the right to exclude a child in response to a serious breach or persistent breaches of the school’s behaviour policy and where allowing the child to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in school. For example:
- A child commits a very serious verbal or physical assault (such as an assault resulting in an injury that requires medical attention injury).
- A child is demonstrating continual unacceptable behaviour and all attempts to modify this have failed. Before this stage was reached school would have consulted other professionals and explored all available options to help the child. Parents would be aware that their child was at risk of exclusion before this stage was reached.
Head teachers are required to take account any contributing factors for example a bereavement, mental health issues, bullying.
An exclusion could take the form of a fixed-term exclusion (between 1 and 45 days) or, on extremely rare occasions, may take the form of a permanent exclusion. Information about the incident and the exclusion would be provided to parents at each stage. Parents have the right to appeal to the governors about exclusion if they think it is unfair. See Appendix 3.