Suspension and permanent exclusion policy: model and examples

Adapt our model suspension and permanent exclusion policy to fit your school's context so you can be sure you're compliant. Also see examples from other schools.

Last reviewed on 14 February 2024See updates
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Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
Pupil referral units
  1. Download our model policy
  2. Examples from schools
  3. Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended or excluded before 1 September 2023

We've updated our model policy to reflect the new guidance from the DfE on suspensions and permanent exclusions, which came into force on 1 September 2023.

Download our model policy

Adapt our model policy to suit your school's context. 

It's been approved by Forbes Solicitors and is based on the DfE's statutory guidance.

Model policy - suspension and permanent exclusion DOC, 325.0 KB

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Examples from schools

Primary schools

Benjamin Adlard Primary School, an academy in Lincolnshire, follows the exclusions policy set by Anthem Schools Trust. The policy includes:

Charles Dickens Primary School, an academy in Southwark, uses a suspensions and exclusion policy set by The Charter Schools Educational Trust. The

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