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School absence and exclusion

Information on fixed term and permanent exclusion from schools in England, Wales and Scotland, suspension or expulsion in Northern Ireland and school refusal strategies suitable for any nation. 

For further information, take a look at our guide to education jargon, advice on choosing schools and expulsions

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Everything you need to know

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Fixed-period exclusion in England and Wales

Info about fixed period exclusion from schools, academies and pupil referral units.

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Permanent exclusion in England

Advice about permanent exclusion from all types of maintained or community schools.

Grey areas of exclusion in England

Advice about your rights on the hard-to-define areas of school exclusion.

Pupils and teacher

Permanent exclusion in Wales

Advice about permanent exclusion from all types of maintained or community schools in Wales.
An autistic teenager at school smiles at a member of staff just past the camera

Exclusion in Scotland

Information and advice about what to do if your child is excluded from school in Scotland.
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Suspension in Northern Ireland

Advice on the suspension from school process, specific to Northern Ireland. 

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance

Expulsion in Northern Ireland

Advice on the expulsion from school process, specific to Northern Ireland.

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Last updated: 20/07/2018 11:52:47