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Pupil Exclusions

A pupil can be excluded from a school or pupil referral unit (PRU) if they have seriously breached the school’s behaviour policy or if they pose a risk to the education or welfare of other learners.


The applicable guidance is:

Exclusions from schools and pupil referral units

Welsh Government guidance document no: 171/2015

Date of issue: April 2015


The guidance provides advice on:

  • excluding learners from schools and PRUs
  • the procedures for appealing against exclusion
  • how to maintain the education of excluded learners.

It is split into 7 sections which cover:

  • the use of exclusion
  • the procedure for excluding a learner and the role of the headteacher
  • the responsibilities of the discipline committee
  • the independent appeal panels
  • police involvement and parallel criminal proceedings
  • the procedures and reintegration following exclusion
  • money to follow excluded learners.

Under section 52(4) of the Education Act 2002 (external link), those involved in making decisions on exclusion and administrating the exclusion procedures and appeals process must have regard to this guidance. This includes:

  • headteachers
  • teachers in charge of a PRU
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities
  • independent appeal panels.


Should you require further information or advice on pupil exclusions, please contact the Learner Support team:

(01656) 642637 or e-mail


Last Updated: 24/03/2017
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