1. Contacting the local authority

The local education authority should have an exclusions officer or comparable person with responsibility for overseeing exclusions within the local authority A borough, county or city council that has responsibility for providing education to children in their area. area.

It can be helpful to try to contact the local education authority to speak with the exclusions officer. In accordance with the exclusions guidance, the exclusions officer should already have been informed of the permanent exclusion An exclusion that results in the young person being removed from the school register and barred from the school’s campus indefinitely. by the school. 

To contact the exclusions officer, contact the local education authority's general number and ask for the exclusions officer. Alternatively, you can speak with the family who may already have been contacted by them.

Where multiple authorities overlap, one of them will be the local education authority. This is the correct authority to contact to find the exclusions officer. Use this list to identify the relevant local education authority.

The exclusions officer will often take a view on the exclusion. LEAs are typically keen to try to reduce the rate of exclusions in their jurisdiction. If their view of the exclusion is that it is not necessary or a viable alternative may be available, they can be a helpful contact in supporting you and the young person in challenging or avoiding an exclusion.

When speaking with the exclusions officer, it is useful to keep in mind that getting useful support will be on a voluntary basis and you should be trying to establish some goodwill between you. Not every local authority A borough, county or city council that has responsibility for providing education to children in their area. has responsibility for education.


Once you have made contact with the exclusions officer, continue to the next step.

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