Governors' suspensions and exclusions panels: using evidence

Find out about the types of evidence you can expect to see as a a member of a suspensions or exclusions panel. Learn how to use them to establish the facts and reach a decision.

Last reviewed on 28 July 2023
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School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Collecting and circulating evidence
  2. Common forms of written evidence
  3. Using CCTV footage
  4. Using social media
  5. Using covert recordings

Use the previous guidance for pupils suspended before 1 September 2023

The new guidance only applies to suspensions and exclusions which take place on or after 1 September 2023. If you have ongoing cases, make sure you follow the guidance that was in place when the suspension or exclusion process started.

However, your headteacher should inform parents/carers of their new right to request a remote panel hearing on 1 September, or as soon as possible afterwards (see paragraph 254 of the September 2023 guidance, which makes provision for ongoing cases to use remote panels).

Download the 2022 guidance here:

Collecting and circulating evidence

This is set out in the statutory suspensions and exclusions guidance (September