Last reviewed on 3 September 2021
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Download our model written statement of behaviour principles and adapt it to suit your context. Take a look at examples and read about the requirements.

Model policy from The Key

We have created a model behaviour policy, which includes a statement of behaviour principles as appendix 1.

Approved by Forbes Solicitors, all of our model documents take account of relevant requirements and good practice.

For more model policies and complete policy support from The Key, see the policy bank


Who's required to have a statement?

You're required to have a written statement of behaviour principles if you're a:

  • Maintained school
  • Pupil referral unit (PRU)
  • Non-maintained special school

Your headteacher must have regard to this when determining the behaviour policy. This is a requirement under section 88 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

Academies and free schools aren't required to have a statement of behaviour principles, but it's recommended that they do (see section 9.2).

All schools must have a behaviour policy