Exclusions from school, whether permanent or temporary, have always been governed carefully by the law. This is because the education of children is paramount and the law has always regarded any decision to exclude as serious. Under the present regime, children and their parents have the right to challenge any permanent exclusion imposed by a head teacher to the governing body. If unsuccessful on appeal, parents have a second right of appeal to an independent appeal panel, which has the power to reinstate the pupil, and, significantly, whose decision is binding on all parties.

Exclusions have been much talked about lately. New and imminent changes have been introduced as a re...

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