Last reviewed on 19 October 2022
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Find everything you need to review and approve your school's or trust's behaviour policy, including what to look for in the policy and key questions to ask senior leaders.

What this policy needs to do

Your school's behaviour policy must set out measures that regulate pupils' conduct and which aim to: 

  • Promote good behaviour, self-discipline and respect
  • Prevent bullying
  • Make sure pupils complete assigned work

This is based on the advice from paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Department for Education's (DfE's) behaviour in schools guidance.

The policy must take account of the school's written statement of behaviour principles and have regard to any guidance or notification provided by the governing board. This should include:

This is based on paragraphs 7 to 12 of the Department for Education's behaviour and discipline in schools: guide for governing bodies.

You need to ask challenging questions when