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Education - School Exclusions - Fair Access Team

The Fair Access Team based in the Education Department of Rochdale Borough Council provides help and advice to families around school exclusions (suspension from school or expelled).

School exclusions (free information for all parents and carers)

There are 2 types of exclusions from school permanent exclusion (expelled) and fixed term exclusion (temporary exclusion or suspended).

Fixed period exclusion (suspended) which means your child will not be allowed back into school for a fixed number of days. Sometimes a fixed exclusion could cover a lunchtime period. A parent/carer will normally receive a telephone call from the school followed by a letter telling you about the exclusion. The letter will also tell you when your child can return to school.

Appeal Process

Parents and carers have a right to appeal any exclusion. To appeal a fixed term exclusion put this in writing to the Chair of Governors at the School address.


If you feel you wish to make a complaint against the school please follow the school’s Complaints Policy which will be found on their website. If you do not have access to a computer, you can go into the school office and ask for a copy to be provided to you.

School work during an exclusion (suspended or expelled)

It’s a school’s responsibility to provide work for your child for up to 5 days. If your child does not receive any work you must contact the school to resolve this.

Is my child allowed out following an exclusion?

Your child must not be seen out in a public space when they have received an exclusion period. For further information please see "School Exclusions - GOV.UK" in related links.

Free impartial advice for parents and carers

The Fair Access Team at Rochdale Borough Council offers free, impartial advice to parents and carers and can be contacted on 01706 925072 or email:

The Advisory Centre for Education has a free national helpline on exclusions – 0300 011 5142 on Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 1pm during term time. Booklets and other advice are also available on the ACE website (external link).

You may also find the following sources of free and impartial advice useful:

To access statutory guidance on exclusion please see School Exclusion page on Gov.UK (external link)

For guidance on making a claim of discrimination to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) please see the below links.

First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) on GOV.UK (external link)

School and college behaviour and attendance on GOV.UK (external link)

Coram Children's Legal Centre (external link)

National Autistic Society (NAS) (external link)

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) (external link)

Permanent exclusion if your child has been expelled

A permanent exclusion means your child cannot return to this school. You can attend a meeting with the School Governors who will hear the details from you and the school before a final decision is made.

Where will my child receive education following a permanent exclusion?

Your child will be provided with a school place at Brownhill Learning Community School (external link) where they will offer a full and wide curriculum. 

Mental Health Support

Useful information and practical support to help you or someone in your life cope:

  • #Thrive (external link), is for children and young people aged up to 19 years and is run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Youth in Mind and Link 4 Life.
  • Kooth (external link) is for children and teenagers aged 11 to 18 can use this confidential and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service.
  • Anna Freud (external link) is for young people who need help dealing with worries about how coronavirus will affect loved ones.  
  • Young Minds (external link) is help for teenagers who are anxious or scared about coronavirus. 
  • Covibook (external link), is for children under 7 years old who can use this interactive resource to help them explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.
  • The National Autistic Society (external link), is for children on the Autism Spectrum, including those with Asperger Syndrome can access advice, tips and links to further resources on dealing with anxiety.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Janet Lloyd
Contact Position
Fair Access Team Leader
01706 925072
Schools information, Rochdale Council

Where to go

Name of venue
Number One Riverside
Venue address
Smith Street
OL16 1XU

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm

Local Offer

Local Offer Ages
4-10 (Primary School)
11-16 (Secondary School)
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