What is a managed move?
A managed move is a voluntary agreement between schools, parents/carers and a pupil for that pupil to change school or educational programme under controlled circumstances. Managed moves are often used as an alternative to permanent exclusion; the result is that no exclusion is formally logged on the pupil’s school record.
A managed move is different to the power of a school to direct a pupil off-site for the improvement of their behaviour. This is a particular power given to maintained schools under section 29A of the Education Act 2002 and is strictly time-limited. It is important that you clarify with the school the legal basis under which they are proposing that a child is sent to another premises for his or her education. A managed move can only be with the consent of all of those involved whereas direction off-site under section 29A can be done without the consent of the parents.
When might a managed move be appropriate?
A managed move may be suitable in the following situations where:
What educational provision might a managed move involve?
A managed move can include the following options for the pupil:
What is a deferred managed move?
A school can implement a deferred move so that it only takes place if the pupil does not keep to their side of the agreement. The plan should be clear about what the pupil is expected to do and the consequences of not sticking to the agreement.
What is the process for deciding a managed move?
As managed moves are a voluntary agreement there is no statutory scheme governing their use and no governmental guidance on how the process should work. However, best practice suggests that there should be a number of clear stages as detailed below.
What might be included in a managed move agreement?
The managed move agreement should be signed and dated by all parties and include key information such as:
What are the advantages of a managed move?
There may be the following advantages to agreeing to a managed move:
What happens at the end of the managed move period?
If the managed move is successful the pupil will become a permanent member of the new school and will be removed from the register of the original school.
If the managed move fails the pupil returns to the original school – this can be at any point during the managed move period.
It is important that parents and pupils are fully informed before consenting to a managed move and if you are unsure you should seek advice on this.
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