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​Managed Moves​​​

Schools can use a process called 'managed move' to transfer your child to another school, provided they have the agreement of everyone involved, including you and the admission authority for the new school.

Managed Moves are a voluntary agreement between two schools, a child and his/her parents. It allows a child at risk of permanent exclusion to have a trial transfer to another school on a dual registration basis. The move requires the agreement of the parents, the head teacher/principal of your child's current school (the home school) and the Headteacher/principal of the receiving school.


This is an intervention to be used as part of your child's 'Pastoral Support Programme', if appropriate, to reduce the risk of your child being permanently excluded.

Current government guidance (Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England - Statutory guidance for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion 2017) advises school leaders that: 'A pupil at any type of school can also transfer to another school as part of a 'managed move' where this occurs with the consent of the parties involved, including the parents and the admission authority of the school. However, the threat of exclusion must never be used to influence parents to remove their child from the school.'

It is the expectation of our Local Authority that a 'Managed Move' should be considered prior to a permanent exclusion being implemented (unless there is a major breach of school behaviour policy).

The home school should be able to demonstrate that all other preventative strategies have been exhausted. The school's own interim procedures will have already been implemented along with all strategies to avoid exclusion and address poor behaviour.

A Managed Move would NOT normally be appropriate if:

  • you are seeking a straightforward transfer to another school;
  • your child is not on a school roll;
  • your child would be unable to return to the home school if the placement is unsuccessful;
  • it would not ultimately be of benefit to your child.


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