Exclusions and alternative provision
The alternative provision strategic lead and exclusions officer make educational provision for children who are not able to attend school.
We provide education in a number of ways:
- at a learning centre (also known as a pupil referral unit or short stay school)
- at other venues, or with other providers, but arranged and managed by the learning centres
- in the children's education unit at Dorset County Hospital
We have 5 learning centres:
These are all registered as schools by the Department for Education (DfE). A learning centre is there to provide alternative education for those pupils who are unable to access mainstream school.
- have been permanently excluded from school
- be unable to attend school for medical reasons
Dorset County Council's Children's Services and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide a tuition unit at Dorset County Hospital. They employ 2 members of staff to respond to educational needs across all age groups. At any given time the unit may need to respond to up to 20 pupils who are also patients.
Advice on exclusions
The exclusions officer also offers training, advice and support to head teachers, governors, pupils and parents on all aspects of exclusion. Exclusion can be fixed-term or permanent. Contact the schools exclusion guidance and training officer for more information:
Read our guide Exclusions from school - a guide for parents 2014 to help you understand what should happen if your child or young person has been excluded from school.
Access to education for children and young people with medical needs
The Learning and Inclusion service and health services work together. They are committed to helping children and young people with health needs access as much education as their condition allows.
Support for parents
It can be a very stressful and worrying time if your child is permanently excluded. Remember you don't have to deal with the situation on your own.
The Exclusions Officer will discuss the options that are available for your child. They will visit you at home and make arrangements on behalf of you and your child. If other professionals have worked with your child, for example, behavioural support teachers or an educational psychologist, the Exclusions Officer will ask for their views about appropriate educational provision.
Advice for parents about exclusion
We've written an exclusion from school leaflet to help you understand what happens if your child is excluded from school. This is general guidance only; you can find more detailed information from either the school or your local authority exclusions officer.