Behaviour in schools

How school staff can develop a behaviour policy.

Applies to England



This guidance is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • trust boards and proprietors
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • maintained schools - community, foundation or voluntary school, community or foundation special school, and maintained nursery school, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools
  • academies - including mainstream and special free schools and alternative provision academies - including alternative provision free schools
  • independent schools

Use this document and the further guidance and resources for guidance on how to promote good behaviour in school.

Read this alongside school suspensions and permanent exclusion and searching, screening and confiscation at school.

Published 16 July 2013
Last updated 7 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the ‘Details’ section of the page to make it clear that the guidance also applies to independent schools. There are no changes to the guidance.

  2. Updated paragraph 58 in the section about responding to the behaviour of pupils with SEND in the guidance for use from 1 September 2022. Removed the guidance that was for use until 31 August 2022.

  3. Updated with 'Behaviour in schools: advice for headteachers and school staff 2022'.

  4. First published.