Behaviour and discipline in schools

Departmental advice for school leaders and school staff on developing a school behaviour policy.


This departmental advice is for school leaders and school staff.

It applies to all schools.

It explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils. It is for individual schools to develop their own best practice for managing behaviour in their school.

We have also produced statutory guidance for headteachers and school governing bodies and ‘Getting the simple things right: Charlie Taylor’s behaviour checklists’.

Departmental advice helps you understand how to comply with the law or explains what our policies mean in practice. You do not have to follow the advice.