This stage of the School Exclusions Hub provides advice on steps to be taken in the period of time between a headteacher imposing an exclusion and the governing board hearing. This time provides an opportunity to collect the information and evidence you will need to challenge the exclusion effectively.
- For directions on obtaining records from the school and other services, read the Step-by-Step Guide: Education records
- For information on the law that provide students with a right to information from the school and other services, read the Quick Guide: Rights to information
- For information about how to speak to the family to get the information you need to support them, read the Step-by-Step Guide: Speaking with the family
- For directions on seeking an alternative to permanent exclusion, read the Step-by-Step Guide: Finding an alternative to permanent exclusion
This stage is also an opportunity to work with the headteacher and the local education authority to try to find an alternative to a permanent exclusion. The headteacher can be encouraged to withdraw the exclusion or agree to an alternative option such as a managed move.
- For information on the law that provides a headteacher with the power to withdraw an exclusion, read the Quick Guide: The headteacher’s power to withdraw an exclusion
- For information on the law and practice on common alternatives to permanent exclusion, read the Quick Guide: Elective home education and the Quick Guide: Managed moves
- For information about who should be taking responsibility for educating young people after an exclusion, and the provision available, read the Quick Guide: Education after exclusion and alternative provision