Exclusions and suspensions

Southampton City Council Inclusion Services Team provides information, advice and support to parents when their child has been suspended or permanently excluded from school. We recognise that it can be a confusing and distressing time for parents and their child.

If your child is the subject of a suspension or a permanent exclusion, please read the information provided here which will help you to understand what should have happened and what happens next.

We strongly recommend that you keep the lines of communication open with your child and their school to try and determine the underlying cause of your child's behaviour and then resolve any issues.

Suspension and permanent exclusion is a complex area. For more information about this from Department of Education (DfE), see their guidance covering suspension and permanent exclusions in full detail. Or, see the following explanation:

Suspension SHOW

Permanent exclusion SHOW

The role of the governors SHOW

The Local Authority Exclusions and Reintegration Officer SHOW

Pupils with a social worker or education health care plan SHOW

Reasons for suspension and permanent exclusion SHOW

Free and impartial support and information SHOW