Statutory guidance

Behaviour and discipline in schools: guide for governing bodies

Guidance for school governing bodies on their role in creating their school's behaviour policy.

Applies to England



This statutory guidance is for governing bodies of schools maintained by the local authority. It explains:

  • why all schools must have a behaviour policy
  • what behaviour policies must cover
  • the role of the governing body and headteacher in shaping their school’s behaviour policy

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

See also guidance on behaviour and discipline for school leaders and staff.

Published 17 July 2013
Last updated 24 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Extended review date: we have reviewed and republished this guidance and confirmed it is up to date.

  2. First published.