Student management

In what situations may the principal stand-down or suspend a student?

In order to stand-down or suspend a student, the principal must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the student has displayed the following:

  • gross misconduct that is a harmful or dangerous influence to other students at the school; or
  • continual disobedience that is a harmful or dangerous influence to other students at the school; or
  • behaviour risking serious harm to the student or other students at the school if the student is not stood-down or suspended.

According to the courts, the principal must consider all circumstances, and not apply a predetermined rule.

Read:

Relevant section of the Education Act - Legislation website

Education (Stand-Down, Suspension, Exclusion, and Expulsion) Rules 1999 - Legislation website 

Guidelines for making a decision - Ministry of Education website

Flowchart for making a decision - Ministry of Education website

Information for parents - Ministry of Education website

Updated: October 2011

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