Statutory guidance

School exclusion

Statutory guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units on the exclusion of pupils.


This statutory guidance details the legal responsibilities for those who expel or exclude students from educational settings, including:

  • headteachers
  • local authorities
  • governing bodies
  • academy trusts
  • independent review panel members
  • independent review panel clerks
  • special educational needs experts

It governs the exclusion of pupils from 1 September 2012 from:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units

This guidance replaces ‘Improving behaviour and attendance: guidance on exclusion for schools’ and ‘Pupil Referral Units (September 2008) for schools in England’. It would be helpful to read it alongside the School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012

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