Last reviewed on 27 June 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 your senior leaders.

What this policy needs to do

The following is based on the advice from pages 4 and 5 of the Department for Education's guidance.

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
  • Make sure 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:

4 key questions to challenge the policy

1. What's changed in this most