A systematic literature review of the ‘managed move’ process as an alternative to exclusion in UK schools

Tamzin Messeter, Anita Soni

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This paper reports the findings from a systematic review of research evidence on the use of managed moves as an alternative to exclusion in UK schools. The review begins by discussing the political landscape of school exclusion, the concept of managed moves and their use with children and young people (CYP) ‘at risk’ of permanent exclusion. During a systematic search nine papers were identified, reviewed and appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklist. A synthesis of the literature identified the most prominent factors relevant to successful integration of pupils following a managed move using pupil, parent and LA staff perspectives. Despite the paucity of research on the topic, this report finds there are key features associated with successful transition during a managed move. Developing new relationships with both staff and peers is key for CYP, in order that a sense of belonging is created for them in their new environment. Further factors supporting successful reintegration are effective communication between all stakeholders and a personalised and pastoral support plan for the CYP. This review holds relevance for those working in schools who may encounter CYP at risk of exclusion during their practice. As a result of the findings, recommendations are offered for schools, groups of schools and regional protocols for managed moves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-185
Number of pages16
JournalEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2017


  • managed moves
  • exclusion
  • successful integration
  • pastoral support


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