Right to a full-time education

Reduced timetable

Children of compulsory school age have the right to a full-time education, and reduced timetables are unlawful (unless following medical opinion that this would be in the child’s best interests). However, a reduced timetable can be an effective temporary measure to support some children with complex needs. There should be a plan to support an increase to full-time, regular reviews and only with  parental agreement and involvement of appropriate services.

If you are feeling pressured to accept a reduced timetable talk to school about whether there are other appropriate support options, for example…

Alternative provision

This term is used to describe the education arrangements made for excluded pupils to continue to have a suitable, full-time education whilst they are excluded from school or cannot attend school for another reason.

In some circumstances, alternative provision can be used where a child has not been excluded, including alongside mainstream or special education, where there are medical needs or for a placement to support them with their behaviour. See also our information under fixed-term exclusion.

Related information

Read the government guidance around Alternative Provision

You can contact the local authority directly with any questions or concerns relating to exclusions and alternative provision:

The Suffolk County Council Inclusion Service & how to contact them.

Video from UCL explaining entitlement to education while excluded.

School exclusion

Download School exclusion leaflet (PDF)

Watch ‘Inclusion of pupils with SEN’ video