School exclusions: What is legal?
The National Children’s Bureau, the Association of School and College Leaders and IPSEA, have published a guide to the legal and unlawful use of exclusions and other practices such as off-rolling. Schools, parents, and pupils alike will benefit from clear information about their legal powers and rights
Pupils can experience school exclusion in many different ways and the language used to describe exclusions can itself be confusing. In this context, it can be difficult to notice where exclusions are used in a way that is not consistent with the law.
We believe that schools, parents, carers and pupils will all benefit from clear information about their legal powers and rights.
This factsheet defines the different terms that are used to describe exclusions and what their legal basis is.