Suspending a pupil: procedures and guidance

Be clear on the procedures for suspending a pupil, when you can lawfully do so, and who you must inform.

Last reviewed on 23 August 2023See updates
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  1. What is a suspension? 
  2. Informal or 'unofficial' suspensions are unlawful
  3. What the headteacher must consider before suspending a pupil
  4. Pupils who require special consideration
  5. How to report and record suspensions
  6. Arranging provision for suspended pupils
  7. Headteachers can cancel suspensions 
  8. Governors have a responsibility to consider suspensions
  9. Reintegrating a pupil after suspension

This article is based on the following guidance from the DfE:

Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended before 1st September 2023 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, or download the 2022 guidance here:   Suspensions and exclusions guidance 2022   However, you should still inform parents and carers of their new right to request a remote panel

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