This article is based on the DfE's guidance on suspensions and permanent exclusions, effective from 1 September 2023 (read our summary of what's changed from the previous guidance). It applies to maintained schools, academies, alternative provision academies and pupil referral units.
Suspensions and exclusions arising before 1 September 2023
Note: if the pupil is 18 or older, then any actions that involve parents/carers throughout the hearing should involve the pupil instead.
The governing board has a duty to consider your decision as the headteacher to suspend or permanently exclude a pupil, in certain