Departmental advice to clarify the use of force in schools for governing bodies, headteachers and school staff.

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This departmental advice is for school leaders and school staff.

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units
  • non-maintained special schools
  • independent school
  • sixth-form colleges

This advice provides clarification on the use of force:

  • to help school staff feel more confident about using this power when they feel it is necessary
  • to make clear the responsibilities of school leaders and governing bodies in respect of this power.

It will be reviewed in May 2015.