Schools should take reasonable steps to set work for pupils during the first five days of a fixed-period exclusion.
From the sixth day of an exclusion, suitable full-time education must be arranged for pupils of compulsory school age (primary and secondary school age), except for Year 11 pupils (final year of secondary school) whose final exams have passed.
In the case of a fixed-period exclusion of more than five school days, it is the duty of the school to arrange this education, unless the school is a pupil referral unit (in which case the local authority should make arrangements). If a parent wishes to raise a concern about lack of, or the quality of, education arranged during a fixed-period exclusion (and their child is still of compulsory school age), they may follow the school’s official complaints procedure.
In the case of a permanent exclusion, arranging suitable full-time education is the duty of the local authority for the area where the pupil lives. If a parent wishes to raise a concern about lack of, or the quality of, education following a permanent exclusion (and their child is still of compulsory school age), parents should complain to the local authority where they live. If parents are unsure about which local authority they need to speak to, they should ask the school for advice.
Schools have the power to send a pupil to another education provider at a different location to improve their behaviour without the parents having to agree.
A school can also transfer a pupil to another school ( ‘managed move’) if they have the agreement of everyone involved. This includes the parents and the admission authority for the new school.