Last reviewed on 20 October 2023
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.

If you're on a local governing body (LGB), see the 'multi-academy trusts' tab for information on your role.

Key statutes and guidance

This policy must have due regard for:

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 behaviour in schools guidance from the Department for Education (DfE).

Maintained schools: the policy must take account of