Exclusions from school

6. Pupils at risk of permanent exclusion

The school should liaise with the relevant professionals and agencies if they feel that your child is at risk of permanent exclusion. They will work with the school and yourself to try to prevent the child from being excluded.

The school should draw up a Pastoral Support Programme (PSP), or a similar support strategy, which outlines ways of helping your child.

You will be given the opportunity to be involved and the plan may set targets for the pupil, parents, school and other support agencies.

Special educational needs and disabilities

If your child is at risk of being excluded, or receiving repeated fixed term exclusions, it can be useful to arrange a meeting with school to discuss your child’s behaviour and to identify if they have any unmet needs. Schools should try to identify these and intervene early, to try to prevent subsequent exclusions.

If your child is already receiving SEN support at school for their additional needs, a meeting with school can be arranged to discuss if further intervention is needed, such as specialist advice or to request an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Education, health and care plans

If your child has an education, health and care plan, and is at risk of exclusion, a review of the plan should be arranged as soon as possible to consider if the agreed support is being provided and is still meeting your child’s needs. You may discuss this with school and ask them to request a review, or you can contact your local Inclusion Service area team and ask for a review to be arranged.

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