What do I do if my child has been excluded?
It's best to start by contacting your Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). There are organisations that can help you too.
You are entitled to make ‘written representations’ which must be considered by governors for any fixed term or permanent exclusion. This is your chance to share both yours and your child’s view on the incident and to give the school reasons why they should reconsider their decision to exclude.
You also have the right to see your child’s school records, which might be helpful if you are challenging their decision to exclude.
If your child's permanent exclusion is upheld
If after considering your 'written representations', the governing body still does not change the decision to exclude your child then you can ask for this decision to be reviewed by an independent review panel.
If you think/know your child has SEND, then you can ask for a SEN expert to be present at the independent review panel meeting. Herts Parent Carer Involvement (our SEND parent carer forum) have more information on how to go about this.
If the decision still remains to permanently exclude your child, then their education becomes our (Hertfordshire County Council's) responsibility. We should provide full-time education no later than day 6 of the exclusion.