Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions guidelines – Part 1

About the guidelines

These 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:

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.

When the suspension is lifted without conditions

The student must return to school on the first school day following the board meeting. The board cannot set another date for the student to return to school.

  1. The student returns to school immediately and attends full time.

[Refer Part II, Section 2: 7 Behaviour management]

Tell Ministry of Education

Do this immediately

  1. You must submit the “advice of outcome of board of trustees suspension meeting” electronic form in ENROL.