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All maintained schools, academies, free schools and pupil referral units in England are required to follow the exclusions guidance.

The team oversees and administers the statutory exclusion process for Staffordshire County Council. It also provides support to schools to prevent exclusions and offers practical help and guidance.

Statutory Guidance

Headteachers, Governing Bodies, Local Authorities, Academy Trusts, Independent Review Panel members, Independent Review Panel clerks and Special Educational Needs experts must have regard to this guidance when carrying out their functions in relation to all exclusions.

Statutory guidance about school exclusions are available to view on the central government website. 

Notification of permanent exclusion

The document below is for notification of a permanent exclusion only:

This form is required to be completed at the time of the permanent exclusion and sent to as soon as possible along with a copy of the letter sent to parents. This is to ensure that the 6th day alternative educational provision is put into place by the Local Authority.

Notification of fixed term exclusion

Fixed period exclusions of 16 days or more

The document below is for notification of a fixed term exclusion of 16 days or more only:

Fixed period exclusions of 5 days or less

Unless the exclusion will result in the pupil missing a public examination, the headteacher is required to report such exclusions to the governors and the local authority once a term by sending a copy of the letter sent to parents to

Please refer to exclusions timetable below for more details.

All exclusion model letters

The document below contains the model letters for headteachers and the clerk of the governing body to send out during the exclusion process.

Additional documents:

Timescales to adhere to

The document below explains the timescales to review exclusions:

Contact information

There are four district inclusion officers who are strategically located across the Staffordshire four double districts. They are based at Faraday Road, Stafford.