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Pupil Exclusions

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what definition of internal exclusion his Department uses in its guidance on school exclusions and pupil referral units. (230238)

My Department's statutory guidance on exclusions, published in September, sets out that in most cases permanent exclusion will be the last resort, after a range of measures have been tried to improve a pupil's behaviour. A number of options may be available to head teachers to manage serious breaches of the school behaviour policy, including internal exclusion.

Internal exclusions can be used to defuse situations that occur in schools that require a pupil to be removed from class but may not require removal from the school premises. The internal exclusion could be to a designated area within the school, with appropriate support and supervision, or to another class on a temporary basis, and may continue during break periods. Internal exclusion should be for the shortest time possible and should be subject to review.

My Department has published good practice guidance on internal exclusion, available at