Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions guidelines – Part 1
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: The Education and Training Act 2020 has replaced the Education Act 1989. Any references to the Education Act 1989 in the Stand-downs, Suspensions, Exclusions and Expulsions (SEEE) Guidelines should be replaced with the relevant sections in the new Education and Training Act 2020. In Part 1, this includes replacing the sections of the Act in Appendix 1: The Education Act 1989 and Appendix 2: Education (Stand-down, Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion) Rules 1999. In Part 2, this includes replacing the sections of the Act in the letters in the Appendix in the Good Practice Guidelines.
The Guidelines comprise:
Part 1 – Legal options and duties [PDF, 2.4 MB]
Part 2 – Good practice [PDF, 2.4 MB]
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 2 – Good practice are given where relevant.
This section provides information about the role of the principal including making a decision to stand-down or suspend a student and their obligations during a stand-down or suspension.
In this section
- Principal's decision - Information to help guide principals through the decision-making process
- Flowchart 1: Principal considers possible stand-down or suspension - At all times, the principles of natural justice apply - act fairly and reasonably in the circumstances
- During a stand-down - This page outlines a principal's obligations during a stand-down
- Flowchart 2: Stand-downs: Action by principal following decision to stand-down - This flowchart outlines the actions that may be taken by a principal following a decision to stand-down a student
- During a suspension - This page outlines a principal's obligations during a suspension