Positive Referrals

When a pupil is at risk of permanent exclusion, the Local Authority (LA) aims to work with schools in order to explore a more positive outcome. This is known as a positive referral.


Although a positive referral is not a statutory function, the LA will offer this provision providing appropriate criteria are met.


Parents/ carers have to consent to the positive referral. In instances where parents / carers refuse a referral, the LA is not able to proceed with the application and it is for the school to explore an alternative option.


It is anticipated that a positive referral would be appropriate for the majority of circumstances in which a headteacher would normally permanently exclude a pupil.


Please see below useful documents and information:

Positive Referral Presentation

Information Passport

Positive Referral Rules

Guidance for Parents

KS3 Information request from Schools

KS4 Information request from Schools

Student examination entry record

For all Positive Referral enquiries please contact:

- Lynsey Swan -


e: lynsey.swan@kcat.co.uk

Tel: 01621 856275 ext 202