Exclusion from school can be a very stressful time for the whole family.  The Information, Advice and Support Service can help if there is a special educational need or disability.  Sometimes  ‘unwanted behaviours’ can be a sign of an unmet special educational need, indicating the need for support.

The procedures for excluding pupils from school are detailed in legislative guidance:

Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England – A guide for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion

Useful Resources



You can find out more about exclusion from school from the Advisory Centre for Education


ambitiousaboutautismAmbitious About Autism has developed guidance about illegal exclusions offering advice and sample letters.  It will be useful for parents and carers whose children don’t have autism too. 



ipseaIndependent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) has prepared a number of support sheets which may help you with the different types of exclusion.



nas-logoThe National Autistic Society has a School Exclusions Service offering advice and information to parents of children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on all aspects of school exclusion in England.





The School Exclusion Project – Provides free advocacy to help parents appeal against their child’s permanent exclusion. They specialise in disability discrimination and cases where the child has special educational needs. 



Please note that clicking on these links will take you to external websites.