This study examines pupils’ social relations and especially social exclusion in leisure-time centres (LTCs). Based on categorization of the material from the field, exclusion has emerged as a key action in pupils’ relationships with each other. The result shows various types of exclusion events and how exclusion is made possible in the LTC context. In LTCs, the events of conditional participation, invisibility, and rejection are actions through which pupils in LTCs exclude other pupils. No or little teacher presence is characteristic of these events, and the pupils themselves are left to negotiate inclusion and exclusion with each other. For some pupils, this means a socially vulnerable situation, and these events can be interpreted as social actions that may lead to, or be interpreted as, bullying.

Keywords : Exclusion, bullying, social relations, leisure time centre