Behaviour and discipline in schools

How school leaders and staff can develop a school behaviour policy, including checklists to support full school opening following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



The main guidance document applies to all schools and explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils.

‘Getting things right’ is a checklist of actions to take to encourage good behaviour in pupils.

‘Checklist for school leaders to support full opening: behaviour and attendance’ contains advice for staff on how to re-engage pupils who are returning to school following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Published 16 July 2013
Last updated 9 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Checklist for school leaders to support full opening: behaviour and attendance'.

  2. Amended document to reflect that, from January 2016, schools will no longer have an obligation to use home-school agreements.

  3. Extended review date: we have reviewed and republished this guidance and confirmed it is up to date.

  4. Updated to remove references to running from the list of sanctions at school.

  5. Updated with new advice on sanctions for poor behaviour.

  6. First published.