Stigma and discrimination

Find out what we're doing to campaign against illegal exclusions and read our advice to stop bullying, or remain on this page to read our reports on stigma and discrimination.

Illegal exclusions

Falling through the net-a report on illegal exclusions in England and Wales 2013 [PDF]

Illegal exclusions are unlawful - even with parents' consent. A child can only be legally excluded from school for disciplinary reasons. A headteachers must formally tell a parents that their child will be excluded by giving them details in writing.

Based on our experience of working alongside families with disabled children, Contact a Family knows that illegal exclusions are common. We wanted to find out more - how often do illegal exclusions happen and what's the impact of family life? This report provides a summary of survey findings based on the experiences of 404 parent carers.


Bullying of children with disabilities and special educational needs in schools 2011 [PDF]

This paper is part of a suite of briefings for school leaders, teachers and policy makers emerging from the current work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance in conjunction with Contact a Family's research.