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    excluded? suspended?


    Hello teachers,
    Could anybody tell me the difference between "excluded students" and "suspended students" at school? I read both terms in a newspaper article and I gather they both refer to sending the child home, but I suppose they don't mean exactly the same, do they?
    Thanks a lot

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    Re: excluded? suspended?

    In the US, a student who is suspended may not return to school for a defined period of time. (When I grew up, they had "in-house suspension" so they were in one room the whole day with only books, rather than getting a "vacation.") You can have a one-day, three-day, or week-long suspension, for example.

    A student who is not allowed to return to school has been expelled.

    I am not familiar with the term "excluded."
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: excluded? suspended?

    Exclusion is, I believe, the current BE expression for suspension from school for a specified period of time - possibly until the pupil's parents guarantee his/her future good conduct.

    I stand to be corrected by practising teachers.

    Rover

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    Re: excluded? suspended?

    I don't know when the change happened. In my school days, people were expelled, but today they're excluded - and the difference is thought to be so significant that politicians correct people who talk about 'expulsion'.

    Perhaps the thing is that exclusion is the general term, and can either be temporary (suspension) or permanent ('expulsion'). But I don't know.

    'Expulsion' is still used for paying schools - unless they choose a more hi-falutin' term like 'sent down' or 'sequestered' or 'rusticated' (copying the usage of some universities). People get 'excluded' from a state school, but not from Eton!

    b

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