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Revised Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance



In response to the Timpson Review of School Exclusion, the government committed to working with sector experts to publish clearer, more consistent guidance to support schools to create positive behaviour cultures and ensure suspensions and permanent exclusions are conducted in a lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair way.


This consultation seeks views on proposed revisions to the Behaviour in Schools Guidance, the Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance and associated changes to regulations.


The revised Behaviour in Schools Guidance provides advice to headteachers, school leaders and staff on developing and implementing a behaviour policy which creates a school culture with high expectations of behaviour.


The revised Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance provides greater clarity to headteachers, independent review panels and governing boards on their responsibilities when considering suspensions and permanent exclusions and reflects proposed changes to the School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012. We have also provided best practice on areas such as managed moves and offsite direction to clarify the use of these interventions to schools, governing boards and local authorities.


The results of the consultation and the Department's response will be published on GOV.UK in spring 2022. The revised guidance documents will come into force in school year 2022/23