How local authorities should submit information about reviews of cases where schools have suspended or expelled pupils.

The school exclusion reviews data collection is a statutory return that all local authorities submit to us every January. You must complete statutory data collections by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

The data collection records the number and outcomes of all exclusion reviews that parents or guardians lodge (ask for) and that an independent review panel determines (decides) during the academic year.

It applies to:

  • schools and alternative provision (AP) settings maintained by the local authority
  • academies and free schools

AP settings are places that provide education for children who cannot go to a mainstream school.

Important dates

The 2021 data collection:

  • opens on 13 January 2021
  • closes on 3 February 2021

Submit your data

You’ll need to:

  • register and log in with DfE Sign-in
  • use COLLECT to submit your data

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

  • you want to request a DfE Sign-in username or password so you can access COLLECT
  • ‘school exclusion reviews data’ is not on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

Get help using DfE Sign-in

If you do not know who your approver is, please use the DfE Sign-in request form.

If you’ve forgotten your password, use DfE Sign-in to reset it. You will need to click ‘Start now’ and then the ‘I’ve forgotten my password’ link.

Note that we’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’ once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

Collection documents

Do you need help?

Submitting data

Please use the data collections service request form if you have any questions about your data. We aim to answer your question within 5 working days.


Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about our data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 4 November 2020 + show all updates

  1. Updated with the dates for the 2021 data collection.

  2. Changed open date from 8 January 2020 to 7 January 2020.

  3. Updated important dates to 2020 and added link to School exclusion reviews data collection 2020: guide for LAs.

  4. Updated ‘Submit your data section’ and DfE Sign-in help links.

  5. Updated COLLECT link from secure access to DfE sign in.

  6. Updated important dates to 2019 and added link to School exclusion reviews data collection 2019: guide for LAs

  7. Added link to the 2018 guide for local authorities in ‘Collection documents’.

  8. Updated with information for the 2018 collection.

  9. Updated the ‘important dates’ and ‘what data to submit’ sections for 2017.

  10. Added link to the 2016 COLLECT guide for the school exclusion reviews survey.

  11. Updated page with important dates for the 2016 collection.

  12. Added a link to the COLLECT user guide, and added information about data validation.

  13. Updated with deadlines for the 2015 survey.

  14. First published.