Suspensions and exclusions guidance: changes from September 2022
Updated guidance for the management of suspensions and exclusions comes into effect from September. We'll help you sort through what's changed and what hasn't so you can start the new year with confidence.
- Quick summary: what's changed?
- What hasn't changed?
- Read up on the changes
- Reporting on suspensions and exclusions
- Involving the pupil in the decision to suspend or exclude
- Providing education during the first 5 days of suspension or exclusion
- Off-rolling and unlawful exclusions
- Suspending or excluding children with social workers
- The DSL's role in exclusions
- The roles of the virtual school head (VSH) and social workers in exclusions
- Successfully reintegrating pupils following suspension
- Using off-site direction and managed moves to prevent exclusions
- The board's role in monitoring pupil moves
- The board's procedures for reviewing suspensions and exclusions
Quick summary: what's changed?
Here's the round-up of the changes - with a more detailed description of the changes further below.
New rules around whom the headteacher must notify of a suspension or exclusion, and when: In addition to notifying parents, you must now also notify the governing board and (as appropriate) the pupil's social worker, the virtual school head (VSH) and the local authority (LA), for all suspensions and exclusions, regardless of length and even if cancelled/rescinded New requirements for involving pupils in the suspension/exclusion process Information on what constitutes off-rolling (i.e. unlawful exclusions) Additional responsibilities for managing pupils who have a social worker, including looked-after children (LAC) and previously LAC Clarity on the designated safeguarding lead's (DSL's) role: In cases where there are safeguarding implications (e.g. child-on-child abuse) In managing a pupil's child-protection file following that pupil's move to a new school Clarity on the roles of the VSH and social worker More detailed steps