Ensuring good behaviour in schools

This publication was withdrawn on 23 July 2014

The revised departmental advice ‘Behaviour and discipline in schools’ is now available.

Departmental advice for headteachers, governing bodies, teachers, parents and pupils on good behaviour in schools.



This departmental advice is for:

  • headteachers
  • governing bodies
  • school staff
  • parents
  • pupils

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

This advice ensures schools have the powers they need to provide a safe and structured environment in which teachers can teach and children can learn.

It includes information on the legal powers and duties that govern behaviour and attendance in school and explains how they apply to teachers, governing bodies, pupils and parents.