A school only has the power to exclude someone for “disciplinary reasons”. In practice, this means that the young person will need to have breached the school’s behaviour policy on one or more occasion.
This must be cited as the reason for the exclusion in the headteacher’s letter confirming it.
If the exclusion is for any other reason, then the exclusion will not be within the headteacher’s lawful powers.
- To understand more about when a headteacher can decide to exclude someone under the guidance, read the Quick-Guide: the Headteacher’s Power to Exclude.
Read the letter from the headteacher confirming the exclusion. Check the reason given for the exclusion and consider whether this is a disciplinary reason.
You may want to consider checking through the school’s records and panel pack A bundle of documents compiled by the headteacher to support their case for exclusion. It will be provided to the governors and the family ahead of the review meeting. too to see if there is reason to believe that non-disciplinary factors have influenced the decision to exclude, even if these are not the reason given in the letter.
Once you have done this, answer the question: was the reason for the exclusion that the young person has breached the school’s behaviour policy?
- If the answer is no, consider downloading the Suggested Wording: Argument to the Governors; Exclusion was for a Non-Disciplinary Reason.
Once you have answered this question, click continue to proceed.