Last reviewed on 8 September 2022
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Pupil referral units

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

We've updated our model policy to reflect the new guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on suspensions and permanent exclusions which came into force on 1 September 2022.

Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended or excluded before 1 September 2022

The new guidance only applies to suspensions and exclusions which take place on or after this date. If you have ongoing cases, make sure you follow the policy that was in place when the suspension or exclusion process started. If you don't have an exclusions policy, contact the DfE to get a copy of the archived guidance.

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.

For more model policies and complete policy support from The Key, go to our Policy Expert.  

Note: fixed-term exclusions are now referred to as suspensions.

Examples from schools