Behaviour and discipline in schools

Guidance for school leaders and staff on developing a school behaviour policy, and a checklist of actions to take to encourage good behaviour.



This guidance is for school leaders and school staff.

It applies to all schools and explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils.

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

See also ‘Behaviour and discipline in schools: guidance for governing bodies’.

Published 16 July 2013
Last updated 4 January 2016 + show all updates
  1. Amended document to reflect that, from January 2016, schools will no longer have an obligation to use home-school agreements.
  2. Extended review date: we have reviewed and republished this guidance and confirmed it is up to date.
  3. Updated to remove references to running from the list of sanctions at school.
  4. Updated with new advice on sanctions for poor behaviour.
  5. First published.