New statutory guidance came into force on 1st September 2022.
Suspensions and permanent exclusions
Only headteachers or acting headteachers can decide to suspend or exclude a pupil. In all cases, the decision must be lawful, rational, reasonable, fair and proportionate.
Suspensions are temporary. A pupil can be suspended for 1 or more fixed periods, up to a maximum of 45 days in total per school year.
Suspensions can also just be for a part of the school day, such as a lunchtime suspension. Each lunchtime suspension counts as half a day when determining the total number of days suspended per term and/or school year.
At a governance level, this