Student management

What is expulsion or exclusion?

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 and Training Act 2020, sections 81, 83 – Legislation website

The steps to take when a student is excluded or expelled, including placing excluded students, are set out in Ministry of Education guidelines:

When the student is excluded

When the student is expelled

Placing excluded students

Updated: August 2020

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