Student management

What is expulsion or exclusion?

Both exclusion and expulsion are methods of permanently barring a suspended student from attending a particular school.

Only the school’s board may make the decision to exclude or expel a student.

Exclusion is for students younger than 16, and requires the student to be enrolled at another school.

Expulsion is for students aged 16 or older. This removes the student from the school’s register, and there is no obligation for them to become enrolled at another school.

Education Act 1989 section 15, 17, 17C – Legislation website

The steps to be taken when a student is excluded or expelled are set out in the Ministry of Education guidelines, which includes information regarding good practice when placing excluded students.

When the student is excluded

When the student is expelled

Placing excluded students

Updated: October 2011

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