School exclusion reviews data collection: how to submit data

How local authorities should submit information about reviews of cases where schools have suspended or expelled pupils.

The school exclusion reviews data collection is a statutory return that all local authorities submit to us every January. You must complete statutory data collections by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

The data collection records the number and outcomes of all exclusion reviews that parents or guardians lodge (ask for) and that an independent review panel determines (decides) during the academic year.

It applies to:

  • schools and alternative provision (AP) settings maintained by the local authority
  • academies and free schools

AP settings are places that provide education for children who cannot go to a mainstream school.

Important dates

The 2019 data collection:

  • opens on 8 January 2019
  • closes on 29 January 2019

How to submit data

You should submit your data using COLLECT, our centralised data collection and management system.

Once you’ve entered your data, COLLECT will automatically run verification checks. COLLECT will notify you if there are any errors or queries with the data.

You will not be able to submit your data if it has validation errors.

You’ll be able to submit data with queries as long as you add an explanatory note for each query. We’ll review your query responses and we may send the submission back if we need you to clarify anything.

Collection documents

Do you need help?

Submitting data

Please use the data collections service request form if you have any questions about your data. We aim to answer your question within 5 working days.

Accessing COLLECT

Reset your login details using the forgotten Secure Access password or username form.

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

  • you want to request a Secure Access username or password so you can access COLLECT
  • ‘schools exclusion reviews data collection’ is not on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

If you do not know who your approver is, please use the Secure Access service request form.


Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about our data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 26 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated important dates to 2019 and added link to School exclusion reviews data collection 2019: guide for LAs
  2. Added link to the 2018 guide for local authorities in 'Collection documents'.
  3. Updated with information for the 2018 collection.
  4. Updated the 'important dates' and 'what data to submit' sections for 2017.
  5. Added link to the 2016 COLLECT guide for the school exclusion reviews survey.
  6. Updated page with important dates for the 2016 collection.
  7. Added a link to the COLLECT user guide, and added information about data validation.
  8. Updated with deadlines for the 2015 survey.
  9. First published.