Sometimes parents and schools may agree that a new start in a different school would benefit a child who is at risk of suspension or permanent exclusion. The transfer can then be arranged between the two schools. This is known as a ‘managed move’.
Guidance is clear that schools must not use the threat of suspension or permanent exclusion to get parents to take their child out of school. You do not have to agree to a managed move if you do not want to. This process will be managed through the Fair Access process.
Fair Access Protocol (FAP)
The FAP is a local agreement for placing some of the City’s most vulnerable or challenging children into the most appropriate education provision as quickly as possible. The protocol must also cover provision for children who are not yet ready to go back into mainstream schooling.
Permanently excluded children who are ready to reintegrate back into a mainstream school will have their case considered through the FAP. Children considered through the Fair Access Process are given higher priority for school places and may be offered at oversubscribed schools.
Direction to Off-Site Provision
Off-site direction is when a governing board of a maintained school requires a pupil to attend another education setting to improve their behaviour. Whilst the legislation does not apply to academies, they can arrange off-site provision for such purposes under their general powers. Where interventions or targeted support have not been successful in improving a pupil’s behaviour, off-site direction should be used to arrange time-limited placements at an alternative provider or another mainstream school.