Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions guidelines - part 1

About the guidelines

These guidelines:

  • are designed to assist boards of trustees, 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.

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When the student is expelled

Do this immediately

  1. You must tell the student’s parent13 that the student has been expelled; and the reasons for your decision to expel.
  2. To help you do this, you may wish to use a model letter template.

[Refer Part II, Appendix, Model letters: Letter 3 – Notifying parent/guardian of outcome of board meeting]

You may also consider telephoning the parent.

Tell Ministry of Education

Do this immediately

  1. You must submit the “notification following exclusion” electronic form in ENROL.