Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions guidelines – Part 2
About the guidelines
- are designed to assist school boards, principals, and teachers with their legal options and duties and meet their obligations under relevant statutory requirements, and
- are for use in all state and state-integrated schools.
Independent schools may also wish to adopt this guide.
Please note: in the documents below the Education and Training Act 2020 has replaced the Education Act 1989.
The guidelines comprise:
These guidelines replace those published by the Ministry of Education in June 2004 and the 2007 Supplement. The paragraphs have been numbered for ease of use and reference. Cross-references to Part 1 – Legal options and duties are given where relevant.
Section 3: Actions of last resort
This section provides information to support your school with managing and documenting suspensions, exclusions and complaints.
In this section
- 10. Suspension conditions - Boards have the ability to effect change and modify student behaviour through suspension conditions
- 11. Documenting processes - Robust documentation processes are an essential safeguard for schools
- 12. Managing complaints - Managing complaints appropriately, using fair and consistent practice, is an important part of school operations
- 13. Placing excluded students - When students are excludes, principals should arrange for them to attend another school as soon as possible