Behaviour policy

Behaviour policy (statutory)

Applies to:

  • Maintained Schools
  • Academies
  • Free Schools
  • Pupil Referral Units
  • Independent Schools
  • Non-Maintained Special Schools


The headteacher must decide the standard of behaviour of pupils and set out measures in the behaviour policy. These take account of any guidance or notification provided by the governing board. 

The headteacher must publicise the school behaviour policy, in writing, to staff, parents and pupils at least once a year.

Strategies to safeguard against cyberbullying may be included in the Child Protection Policy or Behaviour Policy, or both.



Review frequency

Headteacher free to determine (recommended - at least every 3 years)


Maintained schools

Education and Inspection Act 2006: Section 89.

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Academies, Free Schools and Independent Schools – Independent School Standards Regulations (Schedule 1 part 3 paragraph 9).

It is a requirement to publish this information on the School’s website.

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