Consultation outcome

School exclusion guidance: proposed revisions

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Summary of the responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Read the school exclusion statutory guidance.

Original consultation


We're seeking views on planned changes to statutory guidance for local-authority-maintained-schools, academies and pupil referral units.

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Consultation description

Proposed revisions to the statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer.

The guidance is for:

  • headteachers
  • governing bodies
  • independent review panels
  • academy trusts
  • local authorities

The revisions include both statutory and non-statutory information.

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 14 March 2017
Last updated 19 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a summary of responses and the government response.
  2. First published.