How school staff can develop a behaviour policy. Includes checklists and resources to support full school opening during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Behaviour and discipline in schools: guidance for headteachers and staff

Ref: DFE-00023-2014PDF, 280KB, 14 pages

Getting the simple things right: Charlie Taylor’s behaviour checklists

PDF, 726KB, 6 pages

Checklist for school leaders to support full opening: behaviour and attendance

PDF, 172KB, 4 pages


Use these documents and links to promote good behaviour and discipline.

Further guidance and resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mental health, wellbeing and bullying

Special education needs and disability (SEND)

Case studies

External research

Published 16 July 2013
Last updated 2 September 2020 + show all updates

  1. Added links to further guidance and resources.

  2. Added ‘Checklist for school leaders to support full opening: behaviour and attendance’.

  3. Amended document to reflect that, from January 2016, schools will no longer have an obligation to use home-school agreements.

  4. Extended review date: we have reviewed and republished this guidance and confirmed it is up to date.

  5. Updated to remove references to running from the list of sanctions at school.

  6. Updated with new advice on sanctions for poor behaviour.

  7. First published.