Every school must have procedures for suspensions and permanent exclusions. You or your parents/carers can ask to see these. You should always ask your school to put you in touch with an Education Welfare Officer if you are suspended or excluded from school. The rules can be slightly different depending on what type of school you attend. Your local Education and Library Board will be able to advise you on this.
An Appeal can be made to the Education and Library Board Expulsion Appeal Tribunal for the area in which the school you have been expelled from is located. This must be done by your parents/carers unless you are 18 or over. It is important to act quickly as you must tell the Education and Library Board that you wish to appeal within 10 days of the date of the letter confirming your expulsion. A parent or pupil wishing to appeal the decision must send the Tribunal the reasons for the appeal in writing.
You may attend the Tribunal and speak at the hearing if you wish. You can bring a representative with you to the appeal hearing to help you put forward your views. At the hearing the Expulsions Appeal Tribunal must consider all of the circumstances of the case. In particular the Tribunal will look at the following:
Whether your school’s procedures for expulsion were properly followed. The interests of other pupils and teachers in the school.
As soon as possible after the hearing, the decision of the Tribunal is sent in writing to you if you are 18 or over, or to your parents if you are under 18, as well as whoever expelled you.
If you are suspended or excluded from school and you would like more advice contact the Children’s Law Centre.