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Managed moves to another school

What are Managed Moves?

A managed move is a voluntary agreement between schools, parents/carers and a pupil, for that pupil to change the education setting under the direction and control of the settings involved.

It is very important that all parties agree to a managed move.  A school cannot offer this without consent from the parent/carer and the child or young person.

A managed move may be suggested in the following situations:

  • Where a pupil refuses to attend their current school;
  • Where a pupil is at risk of permanent exclusion from their current school.  This is the most common use of a managed move - it is vital though that consent is sought from all involved (parent/carer AND young person).
  • Where a pupil is posing a risk to the welfare of others at their current school;
  • Where a pupil has Special Educational Needs (SEND), not EHCP and is not making progress at their current school or the school is unable to meet the pupil’s needs.  This is not a common use of a managed move, but it is something that can be considered.  If your child has an EHCP then a managed move is NOT appropriate - if the school cannot meet the need of a child with an EHCP then they need to hold an emergency review to consider what is needed to best support the child or young person.


What is the process for deciding a managed move?

As managed moves are voluntary agreements, 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:

  • The school appoints a facilitator to oversee a managed move agreement.
  • The headteacher informs parents or carers in writing of the situation and proposal for
    a managed move.
  • The facilitator and headteacher discuss options and alternatives for the pupil
  • The facilitator contacts other schools or Pupil Referral Units which might be suitable
    and parent/carers can input into this process.
  • The facilitator holds a meeting with parent/carers to explain the situation and options.
  • The school hosts a managed move meeting. This should be attended by a
    representative of the school, the pupil and his or her family, any member of the
    school harmed by the pupil’s behaviour and the facilitator responsible for the move.
  • The managed move agreement should be drawn up and agreed to by all parties.


What are the advantages to a managed move?

There may be the following advantages to agreeing to a managed move:

  • A managed move may be a viable alternative to a permanent exclusion, because the focus is on a fresh start for the pupil and providing support and services to the pupil in their new educational placement or programme.
  • Both of the schools, the parents and carers and the pupils are fully involved in the process and must agree before the managed move goes ahead.
  • A managed move can ensure a transition with minimal disruption to a child’s education and without the need to go down the appeals route against a permanent exclusion.
  • It is important that parents and pupils are fully informed before consenting to a managed move; if you are unsure, you should seek advice on this.

A transfer to a new school or college with an amended learning programme; part-time attendance at the current school, with an individual learning and therapeutic programme elsewhere.

A school can implement a deferred move, where the move only takes place if the pupil does not keep to their side of an agreement. The plan should be clear about what the pupil is expected to do and the consequences of not sticking to the agreement.

The managed move agreement should include:

  • key information such as: when it will begin, where it will be and what the next steps
    will be;
  • an individual education plan/ My Support Plan for the pupil where appropriate;
  • the named person responsible for implementing the agreement;
  • incentives and goals for achievements under the agreement.

Kirklees have issued some guidance around managed moves, this can be downloaded by clicking the link below (opens link in new window)

Kirklees Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative (BACs): Managed Moves – Nov ‘20

Managed moves are managed by Kirklees Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative (BACS) which is a group formed by schools in Kirklees to manage moves between schools.

There are two BACS groups - North and South.

More information about BACS can be found in the Briefing on Kirklees Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative (BACs): Nov ‘20 (opens link in new window).

Last updated: 07/06/2021