If your child has been excluded from school, it can be distressing and disruptive for the whole family.
Knowing how to respond can also be stressful. You want the best for your child but may feel overwhelmed or confused by the procedures involved.
Our experienced education law solicitors are here to provide you with expert advice and guidance on school exclusion appeals in the UK.
What Is A School Exclusion?
A school exclusion is when a pupil is asked to leave school and cannot attend for a certain period.
There are two possible types of school exclusion:
Fixed Term Exclusion
A fixed-term exclusion is when a pupil is excluded from school for a set period, usually up to 45 days in a school year.
In these circumstances, parents should be informed that they have the right to challenge the decision and be given information on how to do this.
A fixed-term exclusion can be extended or converted into a permanent exclusion.
Permanent exclusion is when a pupil is excluded from school permanently.
The school governing board must consider whether the pupil should be reinstated within 15 school days of being told about the exclusion.
If the governing board decides not to reinstate the pupil permanently excluded, parents can request an independent review panel to review the governing board's decision.
A permanent exclusion can severely affect a child's education and future prospects, so seeking legal advice as soon as possible is essential.
Can School Exclusions Be Appealed?
Yes, school exclusions can be appealed.
Parents have the right to challenge a school's decision to exclude their child if they believe it was unfair or improperly handled.
The appeals process can vary depending on the type of exclusion and the local authority involved but generally involves presenting evidence to an independent panel that will review the case and decide whether the decision to exclude should be upheld or not.
It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you are considering appealing a school exclusion decision, as strict time limits and procedures must be followed.
How Our School Exclusions Solicitors Can Help
At Monan Gozzett, our experienced solicitors can provide you with expert advice and representation throughout the school exclusion appeals process.
We can help you to understand your legal rights, gather evidence to support your case, and represent you at the appeals hearing.
Our education law experts will work closely with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
Contact Our School Exclusion Solicitors
If you are considering appealing a school exclusion decision, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our solicitors are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need.
You can reach us by phone, email, or by filling out our online contact form.
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