Behaviour policies in schools

CEFM provide a range of behaviour policies for schools, along with tools and resources to help you manage your school or free school / academy more effectively.

Schools disciplinary policy

Behaviour policies in schools are guidelines and rules established by educational institutions to promote positive behaviour and maintain a safe and productive learning environment. These policies outline the expectations for student behaviour, the consequences for misconduct, and the strategies and support systems in place to address behavioural issues.

Behaviour policy in primary schools vs secondary schools

Behaviour policies in primary schools and secondary schools in the UK may differ in several ways due to the varying age groups, developmental stages, and educational contexts. With key differences relating to:

  • Age-Appropriate Language and Expectations: Behaviour policies in primary schools are usually written in simpler language and focus more on developing social skills, promoting positive behaviour. Secondary school behaviour policies are often more detailed and may address specific issues relevant to adolescent students, such as peer pressure, bullying, and responsible use of technology.
  • Discipline Strategies: Primary schools tend to employ more positive reinforcement techniques and rewards to encourage desired behaviour. In secondary schools, disciplinary measures may be more formal and may include detentions, suspensions, or internal exclusions.
  • Independence and Personal Responsibility: Secondary schools often emphasise the development of personal responsibility and self-discipline. Providing students with more autonomy in managing their own behaviour, while still holding them accountable for their actions. Primary schools, on the other hand, may have more structured and closely supervised.
  • Curriculum Integration: In some secondary schools, behaviour policies may be integrated into the overall curriculum, addressing issues like ethics and personal development. Primary schools may also include elements of personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE) within their behaviour policies, but it may be less explicitly connected to the curriculum.
  • Transition Support: Secondary schools may have specific provisions in their behaviour policies to support students transitioning from primary school.

Differences in behaviour policies can vary between individual schools and regions. The specific requirements and approaches to behaviour policies are determined by the respective schools, their leadership, and the needs of their students.

Behaviour management policy in schools

Our documents that provide background and guidance for both secondary and primary schools.


Confiscation of inappropriate items

Pupil behaviour

Pupil detention

Pupil restraint

Suspension and permanent exclusion policy

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No other website offers such a complete service specifically written for schools. Recognised as one of the most comprehensive online resources for school managers, it offers a single resource, blending policies for schools, documents, updates, model forms and advice all in one location.

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