Last reviewed on 26 August 2021
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 behaviour policy, including what to look for in the policy and key questions to ask your school leaders.

What this policy needs to do

The following is based on the advice from the Department for Education, linked to above.

Maintained schools (pages 4-5)

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

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

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 might include:

Academies (page 5)

Your school's behaviour policy must:

Academies must also have an anti-bullying strategy – this can be a separate document, but it might be included in your