Checklist/Tips for Parents

Following a helpful suggestion from one of our Twitter followers, we have put together a checklist for you to give to your child’s head teacher following news of your child’s exclusion. You can email this to your school’s head teacher and/or use it in meetings where you are discussing your child’s actions.

The questions below, if properly answered, will, we hope, provide clarification for you about what is going on. It also serves as a helpful reminder to head teachers about what parents ought to know about their child’s exclusion.

Checklist for Parents

  1. What is the nature of the allegation against my child?
  2. What is the evidence you have obtained that supports this allegation?
  3. Which rule in the school behavioural policy has been breached?
  4. Who made this decision to exclude my child?
  5. What made this exclusion a last resort?
  6. What does my child understand by what has happened? Is there anything that I need to explain to him or her?
  7. Which part of the statutory guidance gave you the power to exclude my child?
  8. Can you provide me with a copy of my child’s educational record?
  9. Did my child ever receive pastoral support from the school?
  10. Could you provide me with details of the education that should be provided to my child during this time he or she is not in school?
  11. Which agencies can I contact for support?
  12. When will the Governing Body Meeting take place?
  13. I understand that, as per the Guidance, I can bring my child to this meeting, in order that his or her views can be put across?
  14. I understand that, as per the Guidance, my child and I can prepare a statement for this meeting?

Download this checklist

Don't Forget:

You can arrange for a SEN expert to attend the Independent Review Panel meeting, if you think SEN had any impact on the decision to exclude. These experts can be helpful to your case if you think, for example, that an unspotted diagnosis of SEN might be a cause of the misunderstood behaviour.

You can request for a copy of your child’s educational record. This is useful to see what the school has been doing to ensure the wellbeing of your child, and to look at the patterns of behaviour and academic attainment over the years. It is often helpful to look through this to see where any issues began, and whether these could have been prevented or dealt with in a different or better way.