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Pupil behaviour and school exclusions

Dealing with incidents of poor behaviour remains a key issue in all types of school and continues to attract high profile attention nationally. We support trusts and schools in dealing with incidents and provide practical advice on the options available to ensure teaching and learning is not adversely affected. We also seek to protect trusts and/or schools from complaints or claims. Our team of specialist education lawyers are experienced in supporting trusts and schools and fully understand the process and pitfalls surrounding exclusions.

What we do


  • Drafting or reviewing behaviour policies – ensuring your policies are up to date.
  • Advising on options to avoid exclusion including alternative provision and managed moves.
  • Helping you to conduct investigations lawfully, including searches, screening and confiscation, and avoiding unlawful practices such as off-rolling and unofficial exclusions.
  • Supporting you on decisions to exclude on a fixed term or permanent basis.
  • Reviewing or drafting exclusion letters from principal/head teacher, governing board or Independent Review Panel (IRP).
  • Helping you deal with complaints arising from behavioural issues or exclusion decisions.
  • Advising on SEND or equalities issues arising from sanctions in relation to behaviour.
  • Establishing frameworks for schools to collaborate on discipline and exclusion issues.


  • Clerking of governing board hearings or IRP’s.
  • Panel member selection and training - assisting schools (or groups of schools) with the selection, appointment and training of panel members and clerks.


  • Representing principals/head teachers at governing board hearings and principals/head teachers and governing boards at IRP hearings.
  • Advice on challenging IRP decisions and reconsideration of exclusion decisions.


  • Governing board and IRP training on the exclusions framework.

Your service options

We offer a range of service level options, depending on the needs of your trust and/or school and the specific issues you face.

  • Quickcall and MAT QuickcallUnlimited email/telephone queries on any matter that can be resolved within 30 minutes by a dedicated team of specialist education lawyers. Find out more >
  • MAT Partner PlusSpecifically designed for MATs that have a central team managing its legal advice needs, this service offers unlimited email/telephone queries on any matter that can be resolved within 1 hour. Find out more >
  • Fixed fee - We will always look to offer you the certainty of a fixed fee where possible. Our training for governing boards and IRPs on the exclusions framework is charged competitively for a two hour session. Find out more >
  • Hourly rate - On occasion the nature of the instruction requires us to charge on an hourly rate basis (available on request). We will provide you with a clear estimate for the work and keep you updated as your matter progresses.

Next steps

If you would like to instruct us to assist you, please give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your specific needs.

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